Property Owner Speaking Out Against Building Claims


By Rachel Holt

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) A property owner in Twin Falls is taking a stand against a City Council member.

Eric Watte of New Leaf Properties came forward at Monday night's City Council meeting demanding answers after comments made by Chris Talkington.

It all started on June 4th, when Chris Talkington appeared on KLIX's podcast "Top Story".

When asked about one of Eric Watte's properties, the former Twin Falls clinic building up for sale, Talkington claimed it would not be a good fit for the city.

That reason was news to Watte.

The property manager bought the building in September for 2.1 million dollars.

He claims he knows nothing of asbestos.

"It absolutely floored me. None of our investigations revealed any of that. It's just a total blow, and we've been damaged at this juncture. I would like a retraction or I would like to know the source... there was nothing disclosed to us and our due diligence has not revealed anything to date," Watte explains.

He approached the City Council on Monday.

"I asked my question and it didn't go well... I got a little confrontational. Bottom line if there's something reveal it, if not retract it. I'm a simple person; I've got businesses to run," he says.

Watte is worried this will hurt his chances of selling the building in downtown Twin Falls.

For now, he waits for answers.

Chris Talkington could not be reached for comment at this time.

County Commissioner Terry Kramer tells us he knows nothing of asbestos in the building.

Talkington is scheduled to appear on "Top Story" again Wednesday.

Watte is asking that he retract his comments then.

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