The City of Seneca thanks Blue Ridge Bank for its recent donation of property at 416 East Main Street. At a special called meeting on Dec. 2, 2016, the Seneca City Council accepted the gift of a building and property in foreclosure from the bank, which will allow the city to grow its real estate holdings.
To further show its grattitude, at their regular monthly meeting in January, the City Council presented Kyle Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Ridge Bank, with a plaque thanking the bank for their support as Seneca grows.
“Blue Ridge Bank has been proud to serve Oconee County since 1957,” said Thomas. “We took possession of this building in downtown Seneca, which we listed for sale. When we heard the City of Seneca was interested in the building for an additional Police Office, our bank discussed the possibility of donating this property to The City of Seneca,” continued Thomas.
The donation will allow the city to install training rooms and additional office space for the Seneca Police Department. In addition, it will enable police to have a continuing presence in the downtown area.
“The Seneca Police Department needs more space for investigators and different departments,” added Alexander. “This will also put a police presence in the downtown area, even more, especially on Main Street,” continued Alexander.
“As Oconee County’s community bank, we need to support the communities and organizations who support us,” said Thomas. “By adding an additional Police Office building in downtown Seneca, the city will be a safer place to work, shop, and dine. After careful consideration, we knew this donation was the right thing to do. It was our pleasure to assist The City of Seneca by making this donation,” concluded Thomas.
The bank’s donation of the red-colored building, connected by a parking lot to the former Hometown Food Store building and property recently purchased by the city, further enhances the city’s downtown revitalization project.
“Blue Ridge Bank’s donation to the city comes as part of our downtown revitalization project,” said Mayor Alexander. “I appreciate the bank for wanting to be a part of making Seneca what it is now and what it will be in the future. It is just a great opportunity for us to partner with someone and be able to see some good things come,” concluded Alexander.