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(Yahoo)   Old MacDonald had a farm, ee i ee i o. And that farm was worth a lot, ee i ee i o. With a dollar here and a dollar there, here a dollar, there a dollar, everywhere a dollar, Old MacDonald had a farm, worth sixteen million bucks   (news.yahoo.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Walter E. Hussman, Jr., Real estate broker/agent, Hamilton County, Hamilton County, Tennessee, Tom Griscom, owners of McDonald Farm  
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2021-03-06 9:25:50 AM  
Sounds like a great place to clearcut and build condos.
 
2021-03-06 9:35:36 AM  
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Rather picturesque. Wish I could afford to buy it.
 
2021-03-06 10:15:41 AM  
Why not repurpose an industrial area probably rotting in a city near by? Stupid waste of good farm land.
 
2021-03-06 12:07:01 PM  

Thrakkorzog: Why not repurpose an industrial area probably rotting in a city near by? Stupid waste of good farm land.


I was actually wondering this, all over the country there are industrial areas going unused, refurbish redevelop whatever before adding more, flipside the Macdonald probably want their 16 million
 
2021-03-06 12:10:31 PM  
Don't you wish your family would have owned some fruit orchards in Silicon Valley?  16 mill; bah, humbug!  That's pocket change for what they sold the last holdouts for.

South of downtown San Jose, on a hillside; didn't even start to get developed until the 00's/ early 10's.  Gadzooks!

Don't get me started on old tear downs (houses and apartments) in East Palo Alto!
 
2021-03-06 12:10:33 PM  
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2021-03-06 12:13:14 PM  
Let's hope the cows don't find out about their impending homelessness:
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2021-03-06 12:13:57 PM  

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*shakes tiny hoof*
 
2021-03-06 12:17:49 PM  
The county is buying it? They sure love their socialism down in Tennessee.
 
2021-03-06 12:21:22 PM  

Swampmaster: Don't you wish your family would have owned some fruit orchards in Silicon Valley?  16 mill; bah, humbug!  That's pocket change for what they sold the last holdouts for.

South of downtown San Jose, on a hillside; didn't even start to get developed until the 00's/ early 10's.  Gadzooks!

Don't get me started on old tear downs (houses and apartments) in East Palo Alto!


Yeah, that doesn't seem like a whole lot of money for that much land. A ten acre parcel near me down here in South Puget Sound sold for $3 million a couple years ago, and all that went on that was about fifty  4bed/3bath type houses. And that isn't even near top of market because there aren't any view lots.
 
2021-03-06 12:22:12 PM  

oldernell: Sounds like a great place to clearcut and build condos.


TFA says they plan on building an industrial park.
 
2021-03-06 12:22:15 PM  
Isn't spending other people's money a grand thing?
 
2021-03-06 12:32:12 PM  
It's quite a ways out from town. Very pretty country, though.
 
2021-03-06 12:40:36 PM  

WillofJ2: Thrakkorzog: Why not repurpose an industrial area probably rotting in a city near by? Stupid waste of good farm land.

I was actually wondering this, all over the country there are industrial areas going unused, refurbish redevelop whatever before adding more, flipside the Macdonald probably want their 16 million


Chattanooga has already re-purposed many of the old industrial sites - and most not already re-purposed are either spoken for or way too small. I hate seeing farmland "lost", but I understand this one. The old foundries are 90% gone and the old ammunition complex now has a large Volkswagen plant and other businesses on it. Most all of South Chattanooga has been "re-gentrified" and the East side is moving quickly in that direction. I don't miss the nasty, polluting plants of my childhood - Chattanooga has actually done a great job over the last 30-40 years. Still, loss of pretty farmland hurts.
 
2021-03-06 12:50:40 PM  
Who in that county govt is getting a kickback for buying that?   Like others said above, there are plenty of places to make into commercial/industrial areas without buying acres of farmland to do it.
 
2021-03-06 12:54:22 PM  
Had a distant relative who's family owned a good sized farm in NJ.  They ran a Fruit stand but after awhile most of the money came from him selling off parts of the farm.  Grandkids are still living off what was made and invested.
 
2021-03-06 1:01:57 PM  

xtalman: Had a distant relative who's family owned a good sized farm in NJ.  They ran a Fruit stand but after awhile most of the money came from him selling off parts of the farm.  Grandkids are still living off what was made and invested.


There's always money in the banana stand.
 
2021-03-06 1:03:11 PM  

nanim: Who in that county govt is getting a kickback for buying that?   Like others said above, there are plenty of places to make into commercial/industrial areas without buying acres of farmland to do it.


I'm not defending the purchase - I don't know the "who/what" involved - but I would be interested in hearing where in Hamilton County (neighboring county to mine) you would put a 2000+ acre project. The "valley and ridge" geography of the area is interesting (and challenging). It's a beautiful area - and for a city named "the most polluted in the nation" in the sixties, they have really cleaned it up. The city was named "best for startups" and "best for remote working" lately by major publications - largely for the very inexpensive gigabit internet available from the EPB and the relatively low cost of living. (Damn, I wish I could get EPB fiber - but I'm about 8-10 miles to far out - Comcast sucks).
 
2021-03-06 1:32:29 PM  

WillofJ2: Thrakkorzog: Why not repurpose an industrial area probably rotting in a city near by? Stupid waste of good farm land.

I was actually wondering this, all over the country there are industrial areas going unused, refurbish redevelop whatever before adding more, flipside the Macdonald probably want their 16 million


I suppose you guys are right to not read the article, since all that information it has about how many and how small are remaining business/industrial sites in the area is pretty mind-numbing.  That and how about 700 acres of the property's 2170 was used for farming in its 8 generations of family ownership, leaving one to assume that a goodly portion of the remaining ~1500 acres were probably too rugged for that use.  It's also right for you too not read this far into my comment because, fark reading.

TL;DR

Say, $7k per acre might be a decent price for a variety of industrial and tourism sites!
 
2021-03-06 1:55:40 PM  

nanim: there are plenty of places to make into commercial/industrial areas without buying acres of farmland to do it.


Like where? Do you think there's prime land suitable for an industrial park just laying unused? Care to back upo your rather ludicrous claim? I'll even help a link to a map of Hamilton County.
 
2021-03-06 2:11:40 PM  

Quadlok: Swampmaster: Don't you wish your family would have owned some fruit orchards in Silicon Valley?  16 mill; bah, humbug!  That's pocket change for what they sold the last holdouts for.

South of downtown San Jose, on a hillside; didn't even start to get developed until the 00's/ early 10's.  Gadzooks!

Don't get me started on old tear downs (houses and apartments) in East Palo Alto!

Yeah, that doesn't seem like a whole lot of money for that much land. A ten acre parcel near me down here in South Puget Sound sold for $3 million a couple years ago, and all that went on that was about fifty  4bed/3bath type houses. And that isn't even near top of market because there aren't any view lots.


This. Comes out to ~$7,000/acre. Guess Old McDonald wants to get out of farming to take that price.
 
2021-03-06 2:12:23 PM  
Why doesn't the county just condemn it?

"You have buildings here without plumbing!  And animals have been crapping on the floor!"

/Works in the Northeast, anyway.
 
2021-03-06 2:26:05 PM  

Man On A Mission: nanim: there are plenty of places to make into commercial/industrial areas without buying acres of farmland to do it.

Like where? Do you think there's prime land suitable for an industrial park just laying unused? Care to back upo your rather ludicrous claim? I'll even help a link to a map of Hamilton County.


He's just another non-reading Farker.  There's plenty of suitable farmland that's not isolated bits stuck between rugged terrain.  That the plenty of farmland isn't in Hamilton County Tennessee doesn't make a whole lot of difference to most of the people who want eat food.
 
2021-03-06 2:29:25 PM  

NotARocketScientist: Quadlok: Swampmaster: Don't you wish your family would have owned some fruit orchards in Silicon Valley?  16 mill; bah, humbug!  That's pocket change for what they sold the last holdouts for.

South of downtown San Jose, on a hillside; didn't even start to get developed until the 00's/ early 10's.  Gadzooks!

Don't get me started on old tear downs (houses and apartments) in East Palo Alto!

Yeah, that doesn't seem like a whole lot of money for that much land. A ten acre parcel near me down here in South Puget Sound sold for $3 million a couple years ago, and all that went on that was about fifty  4bed/3bath type houses. And that isn't even near top of market because there aren't any view lots.

This. Comes out to ~$7,000/acre. Guess Old McDonald wants to get out of farming to take that price.


In 8 generations of a family owning 2170 acres, they've used 700 of it for farmland.  That's still a fair amount of farming, but very telling that the remaining 1500 or so acres are basically useless for it.  Can't plough it and you sure don't want your livestock wandering around in the hills as you wouldn't be getting their milk or meat.
 
2021-03-06 2:31:13 PM  
Old MacDonald had a farm,
now it's downtown Dallas
 
2021-03-06 2:41:21 PM  

SwiftFox: Old MacDonald had a farm,
now it's downtown Dallas


My maternal grandfather was a homebuilder in OKC in the 30s and 40s. Not downtown, but he traded in a lot of land that started out as "farmland" and now is old and established residential and commercial properties.

That's just kinda how "cities" work.  If that's bad... well, people still seem to like moving to cities.  Go figure.
 
2021-03-06 2:48:12 PM  

SansNeural: In 8 generations of a family owning 2170 acres, they've used 700 of it for farmland. That's still a fair amount of farming, but very telling that the remaining 1500 or so acres are basically useless for it. Can't plough it and you sure don't want your livestock wandering around in the hills as you wouldn't be getting their milk or meat.


Some land is unsuitable for farming but suitable for grazing.  I have no idea if that might be the case here.
 
2021-03-06 3:02:19 PM  

WillofJ2: Thrakkorzog: Why not repurpose an industrial area probably rotting in a city near by? Stupid waste of good farm land.

I was actually wondering this, all over the country there are industrial areas going unused, refurbish redevelop whatever before adding more, flipside the Macdonald probably want their 16 million


Exactly. I know its location location some times but you could probably get that kind of space in Detroit for free and grants to develop it. But you would be in Detroit so there is a draw back.
 
2021-03-06 8:43:15 PM  

WillofJ2: Thrakkorzog: Why not repurpose an industrial area probably rotting in a city near by? Stupid waste of good farm land.

I was actually wondering this, all over the country there are industrial areas going unused, refurbish redevelop whatever before adding more, flipside the Macdonald probably want their 16 million


TN is state income tax-free. There's I-81 and rail nearby.
Shame about the farm land, but the trucks must roll...
 
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