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College buys Barker's old business

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Land will be for new Levy County campus

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The College of Central Florida is continuing work on the Jack Wilkinson Levy County Campus even though funding for construction of the campus was vetoed by Gov. Charlie Crist earlier this year.
The college's Board of Trustees has tentatively approved the purchase of about 3.5 acres of land along U.S. Highway 19 north of Chiefland for $575,000 from Levy County Appraiser Oz Barker. The property contains a metal work/storage building and an office building — with a combined space of 6,000 square feet — from a business Barker once owned.
Barker had sold the business, but the new owner returned the business to Barker, who held the note. Barker said he is relieved the College purchased the property.  "It was costing $2,000 a month to own and it has produced no income for two years," he said. The appraisal on the property was higher than the sales price he said, but Barker and the College agreed on the lower price. "Really they weren't interested in the buildings," he said. "They just wanted the land because it squares off the property and gives them another entrance for 19."


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