A parcel of land steeped in Fenton’s rich history may be the future location of residential development of some kind.
The city owns the 1.41 acres of land at High and State roads, where the historic old Baptist Minister’s home, also known as the old seminary, once stood. The 147-year-old seminary building was demolished almost four years ago in September 2015.
The city now owns the property as a result of unpaid
taxes by the previous owner, and has been debating what to do with the vacant parcel, with its sale being at the top of the list.
Steven Melcher of The Steven Melcher Group of Berkshire
Hathaway Home Services in Fenton said last week that he has a verbal agreement with the city to market the property. He said the city would like to sell its parcel as one with the adjacent property owner.
In 2017, City Manager Lynn Markland began discussions with Tim Scarberry representing The Scarberry Family Trust, which owns the adjacent 6.95 acres around the corner on State Road.
Melcher and his group are actively seeking builders who may be interested in purchasing the properties, which together represent more than 8 acres. They have not yet settled on a price tag for the combined properties, he said.
In December 2017, Tim Scarberry said, “Putting them together would be a game changer.” He said at the time that he is very much in favor of collaborating with the city to market their vacant properties together.
“If the two properties merged, it would become a really nice project,” Scarberry said. “It would uplift that entire area.”
Builders who may be interested in these properties may call Melcher at (810) 513-1561 for more information.
In November 2013, the building sustained significant damage during a rainstorm with high winds. The subsequent harsh winters of 2013-2015 resulted in further destruction of the deteriorating building, which was near ruins when it was torn down. The structure had collapsed completely on the east side, with rooms and debris on all three floors exposed.
An engineering study in early 2015 resulted in a recommendation to demolish the building. The 10,000-square-foot mansion, built in 1868, had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983.