Saltwater Creek LLC, a real estate company that lists New Bern lawyer Kelly Greene as its manager, has put in a bid for $109,000 for long-vacant commercial building on Broad Street.

The two-story office building is on a half acre lot at 509 Broad St. The Craven County tax office puts the building’s value at $310,000.

The building, constructed in 1950, was once the location for Craven County Council on Aging and more recently the Craven County Probation Office. The building has been vacant for years.

At one point there was a plan to turn the building into a business incubator and work was started. But drainage problems in the rear parking area put an end to that project.

Saltwater Creek LLC is listed as a real estate business. In the limited liability corporation filing, Greene lists the company’s address as 401 Middle St., the same location as the law firm in which he is a partner, GreeneWilson, P.A.

GreeneWilson, P.A., is located in the renovated Clark’s Drug Store at the corner of Broad and Middle streets, location of a famous desegregation protest sit-in in 1960.

The Craven County Board of Commissioners accepted the offer at its meeting on Tuesday, which will be followed by the property being advertised for upset bids in accordance with General Statutes. If no further upset bids are received, the county may accept or reject the final offer, according to a Board of Commissioners report.

209 Broad St. is located in a C-4 zoning district, which the city of New Bern defines as: The C-4 neighborhood business district is established as a district in which the principal use of land is to provide for the retailing of goods and services to the nearby residential neighborhoods. The regulations of this district are designed to limit the businesses which may be established therein in order to protect the abutting residential areas.

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