Half Acre Shaved Off Door Stop Deal

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A minor legal glitch has reduced the parcel on which The Door Stop plans to build its cabinet door manufacturing facility by a half acre at least for now.

"The problem was that half an acre on the west side of the site was reserved for a taxiway, and the title company said we needed to clear that up," said Town Manager Rich Underkofler. Meeting in executive session Thursday night, the Town Council authorized reducing the size of the parcel from 5 to 4.5 acres and instructed Town Attorney Sam Streichman to take the necessary steps to clear up the legal complexities.

As a result, the price The Door Stop will pay for the parcel was reduced proportionately from the agreed upon purchase price of $367,485 for the full five acres to $330,413 for 4.5 acres.

"It never had been used for a taxiway, although it was designated as a site for a future taxiway ... on the original plat map recorded in 1979," Streichman said. "Because it was not called out in the dedications, the title company didn't feel that was clear enough."

According to Payson Municipal Airport Manager Ted Anderson, a taxiway on the land in question would be used to provide off-airport access to the gate that leads onto airport property. Anderson said there are several such designated taxiways in the vicinity of the airport, and that they are designed to provide companies that locate near the airport with taxiway access.

Jim Hill, owner of The Door Stop, was in Payson Monday completing the rest of the paperwork on the land acquisition.

"Right now, everything is done, and we'll probably close on the thing tomorrow," Hill said.

At some point in the future, the half acre could be sold to The Door Stop.

"Sam is going to clear title so we can offer it back to The Door Stop for future expansion," Underkofler said.

"It will be available if The Door Stop wants to purchase it," Streichman said.

A deal was struck June 14 to sell the site to the Chandler-based, cabinet-door manufacturing company 10 months after owner James Hill first approached Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce officials about moving his company to the Payson area. The Door Stop is expected to create up to 75 jobs in the Rim country with wages in the high $20,000.

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