Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

June 17, 2013

Honest Bus cleanup begins

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat

emann@pvdemocrat.com — A process that has come with years of uncertainty and a recent increase in voiced public concern has finally found a way to move forward as new ownership is taking over Pauls Valley’s former Honest Bus Pawn Shop.

Acquiring the property back on May 20 from previous owner Randy Harris, Your Framer owners Zac and Amber Brumley were able to work out a transfer deed deal and as of May 28, began a cleanup process.

Expected to take quite some time to clear out what is now a shell of the former building destroyed in a blaze back in 2009, any future plans are on hold as he literally clears out the remnants one piece at a time.

“A lot of it depends on how sound the structure is,” said Brumley. “We’d like to incorporate it into our business here.”

In the past, Brumley had attempted to work something out to obtain the property next door, but nothing had come of it. Harris had publicly noted he was not interested in spending any more money than he had on the property and had not paid recent taxes or a lien the city had placed on it to recoup costs of reinforcing the shell.

After city officials had noted a hesitation to take on the property and fix it on the taxpayers’ dime, especially after getting stuck with an unexpected bill from the old Alvis Hotel, it basically sat with no resolution until Harris decided to go through with the final steps of handing over ownership.

Those with the city have expressed their support for the Brumleys taking on the challenge and are open to working with them since taxes were recently caught up.

“I do know they’re thrilled that we’ve assumed the task of cleaning it up,” said Brumley. “I hope the community realizes it.”

Though the ideas range far and wide as to what the property will become; one consideration being a spot for an open air performance area for concerts, the Brumleys’ plan on sticking around until a purpose is finally worked out. What is basically one of the oldest building fronts in town no less than doubles the amount of space they have and fits in perfectly with their already established style of growing their business with whatever works for the moment.

“We know we’re not going anywhere,” said Brumley, who pointed out how all of their work here in town started with a convenience store and is now a regularly visited spot downtown.

“This is kind of like our child.”