Four parcels of county owned land will be up on the auction block in July.
On July 11 United Country Auction Services in cooperation with Major and Company will be auctioning off four parcels of land that Newberry County owns.
One parcel is the large tract on Highway 34 that was given by the Cavanaugh family to help fund the new library project.
At the time of the donation of the 100 plus acre tract the land was said to be valued at $1.3 million and the county took out a loan for the amount until the property could be sold. The land was given in 2008 and has not sold.
The land is on Highway 34 behind Lowes.
The county will again try to sell the old Highway 219 Sheriff’s Office. The building has been vacant since it was condemned for moisture and mold issues in 2006. The building was constructed in 2003.
The county won a $900,000 lawsuit from contractor W.E. Baker and Son. The building cost just over $1 million.
“The old Sheriff’s building has been on the market once before, under the sealed bid method,” said Newberry County Administrator Wayne Adams. ” No bid received was equal to the reserve price of $250,000.”
The county is also looking to auction off 40 acres of land near the C and D landfill on Highway 121 near Belfast Road and the Helena community.
The land was purchased at the end of a 10 year law suite by the Helena residents opposing the landfill, a portion of the property was used to build a road to keep traffic out of the Helena community.
It was later discussed that the county would build the new public works and animal control complex there but later it was decided to build the new complex behind the current on Highway 34 at I-26.
The final piece of property is the former Westview residential facility on Johnstone Street. The facility was once a treatment facility for those with addictions.
The in-house facility was closed about a years ago due to budget cuts and issues with third party payments.
The auction companies will be paid $27,989 from the county plus a buyers premium to hold the auction.
“Proceeds from the sales will be deposited in the county’s general fund until their use is further directed by council,” said Adams.
Major and Company will be advertising the properties in a variety of media including newspapers, on the internet, and to targeted mailing lists, Adams added.