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Leader-Press Building Sold. Forcing Them Out??

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Retired 1SG

Uvalde, TX

#1 Dec 13, 2008
Seems that Bob Brown (Bob Brown Realtors and owner of much rental property/apartments in Cove) has sold the buildings where the Leader-Press and The Pampered Pet were located. New owner, Jack Smith, immediately jacked their rent up from $400 -$1000 per month. The Pampered Pet relocated immediately to another Bob Brown property. The Leader-Press felt the increase was way too much as the building floods during rain, has outdated electrical, holes in walls, etc. So Smith's reaction was to padlock the building.
Hopefully the L-P will find a good location to move.
I don't know who this Jack Smith is, but McMullen Property Management is involved and everyone I know who has had any dealings with that company - either renting or buying - has nothing but bad things to say about them.
Might this be a revenge thing? I state that because another part of that strip of buildings was sold to the DeWalds!!
Rodger

Killeen, TX

#2 Dec 13, 2008
If this is revenge against the CLP, I bet they get in the last word.

IMO the CLP has been very meek and lackadaisical on their reporting of Cove politics.
Retired 1SG

Uvalde, TX

#3 Dec 13, 2008
Larry Hauk reports the facts as best he learns them. He hasn't had a whole lot of cooperation from the city, who views him and his paper as "the enemy".
I guess all this crap that started last March and continued through November is just the prelude to the actual war.
Come Feb 10 the battle will be waged when 4 new council persons are elected. If we get the right ones in office the builders and developers will have their agendas seriously curtailed, and they know it.
Interesting to note that only 4 people have signed up to run for the 4 council vacancies. Charlie Youngs and some lady whom I don't know are squaring off for one seat, Chuck Downard and Joseph Solomon for two others. One seat has had no one file for.
I wonder if Mark Peterson is going to run again. If he does, and tosses his hat into the ring for the seat that no one has yet filed for, we'll need a good candidate to ensure he gets defeated.
Charlie Youngs

Harker Heights, TX

#4 Dec 13, 2008
Retired 1SG wrote:
Seems that Bob Brown (Bob Brown Realtors and owner of much rental property/apartments in Cove) has sold the buildings where the Leader-Press and The Pampered Pet were located. New owner, Jack Smith, immediately jacked their rent up from $400 -$1000 per month. The Pampered Pet relocated immediately to another Bob Brown property. The Leader-Press felt the increase was way too much as the building floods during rain, has outdated electrical, holes in walls, etc. So Smith's reaction was to padlock the building.
Hopefully the L-P will find a good location to move.
I don't know who this Jack Smith is, but McMullen Property Management is involved and everyone I know who has had any dealings with that company - either renting or buying - has nothing but bad things to say about them.
Might this be a revenge thing? I state that because another part of that strip of buildings was sold to the DeWalds!!
Good morning to all.

Jack Smith is McMullen's son-in-law.

v/r

Charlie Youngs
Retired 1SG

Uvalde, TX

#5 Dec 13, 2008
Thanks, Charlie.
McMullen up to his old tricks again.

DPW

Since: Nov 08

Uvalde, TX

#6 Dec 13, 2008
Larry I know you don’t post here but I also know you read this so I wont you to know I think your paper is very important to Cove. I think your paper is one of the best things going for cove I ask people who buy the herald why they would buy a paper from Killeen to see what is going on in Cove that makes no sense to me. And to the People of Cove I Say we (all of us myself included) need this paper here. We must at all Cost have freedom of the press. Jack if you read this let me say I don’t like you at all and I don’t care what moves in your building I will not buy any thing from them as long as you own or are associated with it I do not wont you getting one dime of my money.

Since: Oct 08

Copperas Cove TX

#7 Dec 14, 2008
I heard a restaurant is going in on the corner in the pottery place or whatever it was. I never went in there. Anyway that's a big increase in rent at one time. They said they haven't raised it in years and he needs to make his money back. That's what the paper said. That's to much and I wouldn't pay it either. It's terrible the paper has to move. I hope they can find a place downtown, but I don't think anything is there. Where were they in the past before moving in there? I don't remember.
Retired 1SG

Uvalde, TX

#8 Dec 14, 2008
The L-P has been at that location I don't remember where they were prior either.
I know Larry Hauk, and he would have no problem paying that kind of increase if the building was in half decent shape, but the roof leaks, there's holes in the walls, and the electrical system is ancient.
Hopefully they find a decent place at a fair price.
This is just a revenge motive as far as I can see.
They are trying to get rid of the L-P because they, like most knowledgeable citizens in this town, are fed up with the builders and developers running this city and are not afraid to report it.
IMO this will backfire on this group. Feb 10 is a key date in this city when we will vote in 4 new city council members and, hopefully, adios to these power brokers.
Oscar

Uvalde, TX

#9 Dec 14, 2008
The LP was located on the corner of Ave D and 3rd street. Byron Freeman owned the paper and was in that building for years. I remember when George Leonard who owns Home Lumber built the building. At that same location was once the local opera house. The corner stone that was from the old opera house was put into the wall of the old library(now Simpson Court Building). You can see the stone on the front left hand corner of the building.
Retired 1SG

Uvalde, TX

#10 Dec 14, 2008
Wow, I've been here since 1984 and thought I was long term.
Oscar, you must have lived here 40 years or so.
Oscar

Uvalde, TX

#11 Dec 14, 2008
Got you beat by 30 years. I go back when you knew everybody in town. My friend George Leonard who has lived here all his life tells me a lot about the old days in town. He will soon be 86 and is sharp as a tack about the past.
back to cove

United States

#12 Dec 18, 2008
Retired 1SG wrote:
Seems that Bob Brown (Bob Brown Realtors and owner of much rental property/apartments in Cove) has sold the buildings where the Leader-Press and The Pampered Pet were located. New owner, Jack Smith, immediately jacked their rent up from $400 -$1000 per month. The Pampered Pet relocated immediately to another Bob Brown property. The Leader-Press felt the increase was way too much as the building floods during rain, has outdated electrical, holes in walls, etc. So Smith's reaction was to padlock the building.
Hopefully the L-P will find a good location to move.
I don't know who this Jack Smith is, but McMullen Property Management is involved and everyone I know who has had any dealings with that company - either renting or buying - has nothing but bad things to say about them.
Might this be a revenge thing? I state that because another part of that strip of buildings was sold to the DeWalds!!
Oh my God.. a dispute between a renter and property owner over the rent amount. Sounds like front page news to me. I guess if the renter owns the paper it is. I like the fact that someone finally bought the building so maybe it will get renovated instead of staying in its current "deplorable" condition, to quote the paper. As far as the building bought by the "DeWalds", I believe the tenant simply closed up shop. Maybe Cove just did not support the business. If that building gets renovated and a good resturant actually moves in there, that would have to be good for downtown.
Rodger

Killeen, TX

#13 Dec 18, 2008
I hope the buyer of the Old Bagget drug store building is aware that the roof has a severe leak that no one has been able to find.
wthomas

Killeen, TX

#14 Dec 20, 2008
At the outset of this post let me be very clear about the fact that I am bias regarding the Liberal-Press. I have no respect for Larry Hauk who I once called my best friend and family.
That said, I am embarrassed for him and those who have bought into this silly concept that the new owner of the building is trying to force the LP out of the building by unfairly raising the rent. I am VERY familiar with the building. I called it my second home for three years. It is not in great shape or a fair price for that kind space and location of commercial property rent would be conservatively at least $3,000. In the shape its in $1,500 to $2,000 is more realistic.$400 means you are getting it for fee.$1,000 means you got a super deal. Come on guys, I should think the front portion is well over 1,000 square feet of presentable office space, including a small lobby, a private up front office, a main office area suitable for the half dozen or so workers to have plenty of room to work at their desks comfortably, a break area. The front portion also has a dark room. The back area has better than 2,000 square feet of storage and a private back entrance.
I am sure there is no one reading this that doesn't have a basic concept of rent or morgage payments. What do you get for $400 a month. You get a one room small efiency appartment in a bad neighborhood. I am embarrassed that people really think that anyone should only pay $400 rent for a commercial building they are running a business out of with that much space. The rent has been raised all the way to super cheap and if a $600 a month raise in my expendatures caused me to have to relocate I sure wouldn't admit it.
Retired 1SG

Maitland, FL

#15 Dec 20, 2008
Bill: The building is in a sorry state needing many repairs. It's been 3 years or so since you worked there. Have you been in it lately?
The rent may be super cheap, but what good is it if you have to dodge rain all day long that comes through the roof? You should know the electrical system cannot really handle their needs.
If the building didn't have a leaky roof, holes all in the walls and a decent electrical system it probably would be worth $1500-$2000, but $3000??!!
Surely you jest.
Oscar

Waco, TX

#16 Dec 20, 2008
Thomas, you are way off on the $3.000.00 rent. I have to agree with the Sarge in his statement. I am afraid that you have no idea what a fair price would be. I do agree $400.00 is a steal but you have let your bias clearly show.
CoveRocks

Waco, TX

#17 Dec 20, 2008
It sounds like that the rent needed to be raised to fix the property up. I agree,$400 a month for commercial property was more than a bargain. Kind of a sweetheart deal. At that level, the renter should have fixed all the repairs themselves! But then to complain that it's falling down and needs repairs but not to pay enough to have the repairs done seems just kind of odd. Does the LP understand business and the costs associated?
I often wished they would make their part of the building look better like the others down there do.
Retired 1SG

Maitland, FL

#18 Dec 21, 2008
I don't know what's so odd about expecting the owner to make needed repairs. Maybe the L-P and Bob Brown had an agreement??
I'm sure the L-P understands business and costs. They are, after all, in business themselves.
Which brings me to another question - why would anyone buy this property if, upon looking into it, saw it was in such a sad state and the current owner only getting $400/month rent money??
Surely the buyer saw it was in shambles and that it would many thousands of $$ worth of repairs.
No, I go back to my original post and title - they are trying to force them out. This is a revenge thing and no one will convince me otherwise.
In The Know

Waco, TX

#19 Dec 21, 2008
Hope they win their mission, would love to see the L-P Gone!!
Retired 1SG wrote:
I don't know what's so odd about expecting the owner to make needed repairs. Maybe the L-P and Bob Brown had an agreement??
I'm sure the L-P understands business and costs. They are, after all, in business themselves.
Which brings me to another question - why would anyone buy this property if, upon looking into it, saw it was in such a sad state and the current owner only getting $400/month rent money??
Surely the buyer saw it was in shambles and that it would many thousands of $$ worth of repairs.
No, I go back to my original post and title - they are trying to force them out. This is a revenge thing and no one will convince me otherwise.
Retired 1SG

Maitland, FL

#20 Dec 21, 2008
In The Know wrote:
Hope they win their mission, would love to see the L-P Gone!!
<quoted text>
Great. The only paper that covers Cove decently, and you want them gone.
The KDH is a joke covering Cove. The Thursday Cove Herald is an ever bigger joke - outdated sports, articles, news, etc.

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