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Berkeley County lot sold to American Legion

October 28, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 4.1-acre Berkeley County-owned lot in Martinsburg was sold at auction Saturday to the American Legion Post 14 for $125,000, officials have confirmed.

Originally part of the P.O. Faulkner Park property, the land was purchased by the veterans organization to build a new home after agreeing to sell their current property at 125 W. Race St. to the City of Martinsburg, Post Commander Paul Turner said Monday. The City Council last week signed off on an agreement to buy the West Race Street property for $550,000.

"Due to an excellent relationship with the City of Martinsburg, we wanted to stay within the city limits," Turner said in a news release.

"This is the ideal piece of property for our post to build a new post home," Turner said. "It has space for a single-level post home, a picnic area and other activity areas."

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Turner last week said the building they are leaving is not handicapped-accessible for the organization's 548 members.

"Having available land for picnic and other activities allows the post to schedule and have events which meet the needs of our veterans and their families," Turner said.

Turner said the American Legion post hopes to move to the new property by the end of June 2009.

After agreeing to purchase the Legion's property last week, the City Council also agreed to allow the organization to use it until June 30, 2009, as part of a $500-per-month lease agreement.

Turner said Monday that a discussion and planning session for the newly acquired property will be Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Post members are encouraged to attend.

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