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Longtime business property for sale in Geneva

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – A freestanding building at 22 N. Third St. in Geneva is for sale or lease, according to Sperry Van Ness commercial real state in Geneva.

Built in 1942, the property is for lease or listed for sale at $900,000.

“It’s very unique in that it has a parking lot with 20 spaces,” broker Neil Johnson said. “It’s essentially 5,000 square feet on two levels. ... A Third Street property with its own parking lot – I don’t know if there is another one like it.”

The property is currently vacant, but various retail stores have been at that location, Johnson said, including Pariscope Design, JC Licht – both of which moved – and most recently the business office for Tallgrass retirement community.

Johnson said most of the interest in the property is for a restaurant, but that would have to be a sale because the owner will not invest in the infrastructure for a restaurant tenant.

The property owner, former Geneva resident Penny Harrison, who now lives in Portland, Ore., said the building served as the family’s retail store before it was leased for other businesses. Harrison said she was born and raised in Geneva, and graduated with the class of 1962.

“We hope to find someone who will be a real asset to the community and help maintain its retail nature,” Harrison said. “I have loyalty to the community. It’s a real special place.”

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