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Future of former Murphy Motors building in Hannibal still up in the air

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

The future of the former Murphy Motors building in downtown Hannibal is still up in the air.

In October, the City of Hannibal bought the vacant property at 422 Main Street with plans to build a new outdoor visitor center and bus parking area.

But on Tuesday, the Hannibal City Council received a proposal from someone interested in the property.

No action was taken on the proposal though as city officials want more time to go over their options.

"We do have an interest in seeing a private enterprise there. It's been vacant for four years, and if somebody can do something productive with it, we'd like to entertain that," said City Manager Jeff LaGarce.

LaGarce says it's become an eyesore, especially for tourism.

"We thought it would be wonderful to have a high impact user purchase that sight and that hasn't happened. And it has constituted somewhat of a blight on people entering the historic district, so we thought it if we bought it, it would make a really nice outdoor welcome center," said LaGarce.

The city council is expected to review the proposal at its Dec. 18 meeting.

If the city agrees to sell the property, LaGarce says they would try to find a new location for the welcome center.

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