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Old city hall building sold, new Sonic restaurant coming to Benton

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BENTON -- A new Sonic restaurant is coming to Benton after the former city hall building recently sold at an auction.

S.A. Dewitt, L.P., based out of Tennessee, bought the property for $176,000.

The building has been there since 1958 and the city used it for about 37 years, said David Garavalia, Zoning and Economic Development Administrator.

Developers plan to remediate the asbestos and demolish the building within the coming months, according to Garavalia. He said the new Sonic could open as early as mid-summer.

"This is going to benefit the city with jobs, the ability to have a new business in town and also from an economic standpoint," Garavalia said. "It'll generate tax revenue. It's a win-win situation, not only for the people of Benton but also for the people of Sonic."

Garavalia explained how the building is in an enterprise zone and could save Sonic about $100,000 in real estate taxes.

"It freezes your taxes for the first five years, the taxes on this building is zero because its owned by the city," Garavalia said. "So for the next five years whenever Sonic comes in here and puts up a new Sonic, their taxes are going to be zero on this building."

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