Selling George: It's all in the location

Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2001

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- We cannot tell a lie: George, Wash., is up for sale.

Most of the little central Washington town, founded in the 1950s by an entrepreneur who thought the state ought to have a town called George, goes on the auction block this month.

Mayor Elliot Kooy says the No. 1 selling point is location.

''I think it has extremely good access to the freeway,'' he said.

Most of the property is undeveloped, but it does include Martha's Inn Cafe, famous for -- what else? -- cherry pie, along with a gas station and a 10-acre mobile-home park.

Colliers International and Auctions Inc. is offering about 300 acres of the 330-acre town for sale.

''Since 1998, we've invested over $4 million in the city's infrastructure,'' said Pete Smith, the municipal public works director. ''George is a fertile environment, poised for development and we welcome the growth.''

One big improvement has been the installation of a sewer system.

for this town of 500, Kooy said.

A man named Charlie Brown developed the city of George with his wife, Edith, and planner M.R. Wolfe of the University of Washington.

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