A lack of transparency in the city’s process for selling it’s own unused property has one local man in limbo. As plans for developing the old Nolde garage move forward, Michael Hild is pushing for some kind of resolution:
Michael C. Hild, founder and owner of Anderson’s Neck Oyster Company, contacted the city in September 2012 with an offer to buy the old Nolde garage building and an adjacent parking lot for $188,000. Hild, who lives in Church Hill and runs an oyster farm on the York River in King and Queen County, wanted to open a raw bar and brewpub in the building, which the city uses to store old sports equipment and decorations.
Local developer Joshua Bilder is poised to buy the property for $250,000 and turn it into apartments, commercial space and a civic area that could be used for community events. Bilder’s interest in the Nolde garage property dates back to April 2011, according to the city, and he has been working to refine his plans and build neighborhood support. Bilder’s company, Sterling Bilder, is also redeveloping the East End Theater as apartments a few blocks away.