With big businesses coming to a booming small town, some think it’s at the expense of other small businesses.
The Yukon flour mill was built around 1900 and is a staple for the Yukon community. So much so the high school mascot is “the Millers.”
Now, the talk of the town is the concern the flour mill may be torn down to make way for a five-story, high-end office park, apartment building and two multi-level parking garages.
Desiree Sevier is the owner of Urban Boondocks Market, a vintage store in the historic district of Yukon. She said there is an obvious push to take over small businesses in the historic district.
"I’ve had a real estate agent reaching to me since last summer so that was the first inkling, I heard of anything. They were coming to me with offers on the property and they submitted several. But from the beginning we weren’t planning to sell," Sevier said.
Sevier said it’s not just tearing down the flour mill.
"A huge part of my concern is on the map, that they have on the link that’s available for pre-leasing the renderings, show the businesses they want to build right on top of our business. I mean, it shows our business (being) nonexistent," she said.
News 9 reached out to the out-of-state developer of the project, who is a Yukon native, but did not hear back. In a statement they said there are no plans to tear down the flour mill.
However, the current tenant of the mill, Justin Harvey, with Harvey Lawn and Landscape said they have been given notice to move out, and there is a contract for the building set to close in October.
The Yukon City Council said they have no information on the state of the flour mill. However there is a council meeting at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, and they are sure the matter will be discussed.