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Potential buyer shows serious interest in Washington's Turnage Theater

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A historic landmark in the East is fighting for a comeback.

Downtown Washington's Turnage Theater was built in the 1930s and got a multi-million dollar renovation just a few years ago. But it's sat empty since a 2011 foreclosure.

"Right now, it's a missing tooth in the smile of Washington," says Mayor Archie Jennings. "It is a little frustrating, no doubt. And I think the community is anxious about what's going to happen to the Turnage."

Wells Fargo Bank bought it last year and put it on the market for $750,000.

Listing agent Tom Atkins, who is the general manager at The Rich Company, says he's talked with several potential buyers and is hopeful the latest will pay up.

"I can't divulge any information other than the fact that he has contacted the arts council and we've had lunch with the mayor," Atkins says. "He's going to be a true good neighbor in our town if this comes to pass."

Atkins says nothing is official yet but he thinks the potential buyer – who he is tight-lipped about – could make an offer in a few weeks and re-open the theater as early as this fall.




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