Town asks residents what they think

The town of Jay is asking Hero Township to weigh in on what to do with a property which used to be a livestock sale barn, located on Commerce Street and Coleman Avenue.

The property is owned by Florida Department of Agriculture, although the town of Jay has a long term lease, says Kate Daniel, regional planner one with West Florida Regional Planning Council (WFRPC). Daniel said the town approached WFRPC and explained they were considering making a move on the property. She said a meeting last Tuesday night was held to ask Jay residents what they would like to see operating in the building. Daniel said within just a few days she’s received feedback with ideas such as reopening as a livestock barn, farmer’s market, flea market, antique market, 4H, FFA, wedding planning, peanut and cotton processing, and a large animal veterinary clinic. She said she will be taking the information back to the town and presenting them with the list and it will be up to the town to narrow the list down and present it back to the public.

Daniel said the building was used as a livestock barn for many years and closed in the early 1990s. It reopened as a chicken and goat sale barn and was closed after Hurricane Ivan. The survey can be found at