Marsh gets land back from city - 48 years later

Aug. 23, 2014 @ 02:56 PM

Nearly 50 years ago, Marsh Furniture Co. did a favor for the city and conveyed a small parcel of land that High Point leaders wanted for a project.

But the city never ended up needing the strip of property, which covers less than an acre. Now, the city will return the favor to Marsh.
High Point officials are in the final stages of reconveying the land to the company, said City Attorney Joanne Carlyle.
Marsh will use the land for parking.
“We’ve always partnered with the city and want to keep doing so,” said Bill Bumgarner, vice president of human resources with Marsh. “This just made it official. It makes it a piece of property for us, and we’ll continue to need it.”
The company’s manufacturing operation is along Centennial Street near the intersection with S. Main Street. The land the city is reconveying to Marsh is a narrow strip between Magnum Street and Park Street near Centennial, according to a map from the city.
“When they were starting to do this, they realized, ‘We actually gave that to the city back in 1966,’” Carlyle told The High Point Enterprise.
The city originally approached Marsh 48 years ago to take over the land for a possible street realignment or relocation of water and sewer lines. The project never materialized.
The land remained untouched by the city for decades. Since the city never ended up needing the property, High Point officials wanted to return the land to Marsh when company officials approached them recently, Carlyle said.
“There’s a statute that actually allows for the reconveyance of property,” she said.
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