A company owned by NASCAR driver Mike Wallace has reportedly put in a $20,000 bid to buy the former Rowan County Department of Social Services building in Salisbury, reports the Salisbury Post.
Rowan County Commissioners voted this week unanimously to approve starting the bidding process for the building at 1236 West Innes Street, and two adjacent parcels of land. The commission is hoping a sale will help the county avoid a potentially expensive demolition cost for the building, including asbestos removal, the Post reported. That cost has been estimated at $250,000.
Wallace’s plans for developing the property were not disclosed.
The Tuesday vote served as a tentative approval for Wallace’s offer, the Post reported. However, other interested parties could still out bid his $20,000 offer.
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If accepted, Wallace’s company will receive a rectangular-shaped piece of property bordered by Willow Street, Old West Innes Street and West Innes Street, the Post said. He’ll also receive land that currently contains a large parking lot.
The land has an estimated tax value of $1.5 million, the Post reported.
Wallace made headlines in June when he and his daughter were beaten by three people outside a concert at PNC Pavilion in Charlotte. Two men and a women were eventually arrested and charged in the case.
Wallace may be best known for his 2004 victory in the Winn-Dixie 250, when he went from fifth to first on the final lap of the race. He has started nearly 500 Xfinity Series races, earning four wins, along with another five wins in 115 starts in the Camping World Truck Series. He has not competed this season.