SHAMOKIN - The city is accepting sealed bids for an empty lot at 320-322 E. Independence St. after a potential buyer showed interest in purchasing and building on the area.

The lot, measuring 32-by-110 feet, is between EyeSense, to the east, and the former Sports Center, to the west, between Rock and Washington streets. A fire-damaged building that had stood there was knocked down by the city years ago. The demolition was funded by a state grant. The city purchased the lot through a private sale with the Northumberland County Tax Office Oct. 28, 2011. The purchase required a minimum bid of $1.

It's use was changed by a vote of city council Oct. 14, 2013, from a designation as a vacant lot to a proposed business site, according to Lynn Dixson, community development director. No further details were available.

The city is accepting bids at City Hall until 4 p.m. Wednesday. The minimum bid for the sale of the property is $20,000. Bids will be opened at 6 p.m.

Dollar General?

During a special meeting Monday night, Code Enforcement Officer Rick Bozza told council the Dollar General chain is considering building a new location on Independence Street, possibly the municipal parking lot across from the lot up for bid.

The store already operates at 30 E. Independence St. and has other locations in Coal Township, Trevorton, Elysburg and Mount Carmel. The Shamokin location is the only one that does not feature off-street parking, which appears to be the catalyst for finding a new store location.