Cherry Hill Property Owner Tells Different Story
By Chris Lash
Union City Today reached out to Carl Boone, owner of the vacant, former Cherry Hill property in Union City. During the back and forth, Boone said that an agreement had been signed to purchase the property with Stephen Merkel. Merkel then listed the property for sale.
Sells apparently signed an agreement with Merkel to purchase the property for $210,000. Boone ended up foreclosing on Merkel, and then turned around and sold it to Sells. Boone claims he lowered the price to $200,000, but Ernest Sell still backed out of the deal, with no answer as to why. CB Enterprizes LLC based in Englewood, Florida, owns the property and Carl Boone is president of the company.
Racoon Refuse owner Ernest Sell announced plans to buy the property, and build a transfer station for his business. Part of his plans where to build a green space park, and a community center, turning the eyesore into a much welcomed need for the borough. It was announced on February 5th, that the plan would not happen. Sells updated Union City Today saying “I backed out of the deal due to un-agreeable terms created by Mr. Boone. I would not accept his terms. I was heartbroken that the deal couldn’t be met. I really wanted to fix up my hometown, but it was just not logical.”
With the deal over, Union City Borough has issued deadlines for the vacant lot including its clean up. Union City Borough Council Secretary Cindy Wells said that the fencing around the property was to be secure by now, and the overall clean up deadline was issued for March 31st. Boone said he’s done a bunch of the work required. Union City Borough was due a new update on the property, at the time of this publishing. “You have the real story now, and you can write what you want to.” said Boone.
The property remains for sale. Ethan Allen employed nearly 250 workers from the Union City area before it closed the doors of the 210,000-square-foot plant in 2003. It was the largest employer for the 3,250-population community at the time. Before fire ripped through the three-story building in late 2010, it had begun to show signs of revival. Some 13 small businesses had occupied space on the first floor.