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Town buys Riverdale gas station property

The Town of South Boston announced Friday it had purchased the old gas station property in the Riverdale floodway that fronts Huell Matthews Highway.

The structure previously was occupied by Moneymaker’s Small Engine Parts and Repair.

Vicky Tingen of South Boston sold the two-acres of property to the town for $15,000, and the town will be responsible for removing the structure, according to Town Manager Ted Daniel.

South Boston Town Council had approved the purchase on Aug. 26 pending verification that any and all underground fuel tanks have been removed.

An engineering assessment shows the eight underground storage tanks were properly removed in 1990 under the Virginia Water Control Board Underground Tank Storage Program.

Daniel noted the initiative to purchase the property arose during discussions with Tingen on any plans she had for dealing with the aging structure.

Daniel said this was the first time the town has had to purchase the property in the floodway at a price and cost that makes clearing such a substantial section of the floodway feasible.

He said the property in question is at the heart of the floodway, has approximately 450 feet of frontage on the road, and is among the first parcels to begin flooding as the river rises during flood events. 

The town will begin advertising for proposals to assist in removal of the structure in the near future, Daniel added.