Council repurchasing building that Town sold in 2011

While Blackstone Town Council awaits results of a contentious referendum to help settle its 18-year saga with the old armory, the Town of Crewe is finalizing a deal to buy the Crewe Community Center.

Crewe actually owned the 6,000 sq. ft. building for many years before selling it in August 2011 for $12,250, according to the Nottoway County Property Transfers.

Jim & Anne Stinson bought the building, which was in dire condition, and spent thousands of dollars and many hours renovating the facility at 200 West Tennessee Avenue.

Under the Stinsons’ ownership, management and ‘tender loving care,’ the center once again became a community focal point, hosting a wide range of events including birthday parties, political forums, Chamber of Commerce banquets, reunions, receptions, and more.

But Mr. Stinson died unexpectedly in July at age 73.

According to minutes from a Special Called Meeting of Crewe Town Council on Oct. 7th, officials met behind closed doors and then agreed in open session to “proceed with taking all necessary actions required to purchase the property located at 200 W. Tennessee Avenue.”

Sue Yeatts made the mo-tion, Jess Faas seconded, and the motion carried, 4-0, with support from Billy Abel and Wendy Bowen.

According to the minutes, Mrs. Stinson, who serves on Council, announced before the closed session that she has a conflict of interest. She recused herself from the closed session and the vote. Councilmembers Sean Davis and Aaron Reed were absent.

Sources familiar with the deal say the price is around $100,000 and that the sale will be finalized in mid-November.

The center’s banquet hall spans more than 4,000 square feet, featuring a bar area and seating for 200. The facility’s kitchen measures more than 250 square feet, and the building also features a 30’ x 18’ conference room, an 11’ x 10’ office, men’s and women’s restrooms, and over 500 sq. ft. of storage room space.

The original structure dates to 1898 and was built as a tobacco warehouse. During World War II, it was converted to a USO, and dances were held for soldiers there. Sometime after WWII, it became a Community Center.

Over the years, the center has been host to many receptions, meetings, dinners, birthday parties, and dances.

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