Fate of downtown Asian Market building remains in EDA’s hands

BUSINESSMAN JAMIE MATTSON, who was on track to open a business in the Asian Market building next to the post office, told the EDA board last week he no longer has any interest in the building. Photo / Per Peterson

Prospective buyer says no thanks to purchasing building

By Per Peterson

A potential buyer for the building that once housed the Asian Market at 106 3rd St. informed the EDA board at last week’s meeting that he no longer has interest in the EDA-owned building, which is in dire need of repair.

Jamie Mattson, who owns two businesses, once planned to move his Unique Wraps & Advertising business into the building, but a personal conflict ultimately derailed that plan.

Speaking during the public comment portion of Wednesday’s EDA meeting, Mattson, who also owns a roofing company, told the board he and his group have done a lot of good roofing work in town and have left the properties they have worked at better than when they started. He said he saw buying the Asian Market building as an opportunity to save a building, but ultimately formally withdrew any interest in owning it.

“I am not leaving Tracy,” said Mattson, who also has plans to purchase Park Place. “I have been labeled as a crook, because of one gentleman that refuses to pay me. I’m not a crook — I’m a good businessman. I’m going to be in this community.”

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