BRUNSWICK — Brunswick Area Television soon will move from its studios at Laurel Square up the street to Manhattan Circle, where the Brunswick Title Office is currently located.
The county-owned building will be purchased for $285,000 when Brunswick City Council formally approves the measure. County auditor’s records show the 5,500-square-foot building located just off Pearl Road has an assessed value of $666,000.
“It was a deal that worked for both parties,” BAT Cable Coordinator Jeff Neidert said. “Everything kind of fell into place.”
He said the move is necessary because the station’s lease agreement is up at the end of the year and found it would be cheaper to buy a building instead of starting a new lease.
The money used to purchase the building will come from an $850,000 court settlement BAT won in 2001 against Cablevision, which was the city’s cable provider at the time. The station is funded using franchise fees that are collected in residents’ cable bills. Time Warner now serves the city.
Neidert said the new location only will have to undergo minor renovations before opening, which include changing the entrance lobby and some electrical work. There also will be more space for editing video and storage since the new building is slightly larger than the Laurel Square studio.
Neidert said the new studio should be up and running by the end of the year.
A resolution approving the purchase of the property will be presented at the Sept. 28 City Council meeting, Ward 3 Councilman Joe Delsanter said Wednesday.
Next month, the Brunswick Title Office will move to the Town Center on Center Road. The current office will close Oct. 23 and re-open at the new site Oct. 26.
Earlier this year, county commissioners approved putting the building up for sale as a way to raise funds due to budget problems.
Contact Allison Wood at (330) 721-4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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