Historic structures for sale by locality

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2005

Someone may just want the doorframes, mantles or hardwood flooring.

Or they may find that buying and moving the two dilapidated houses at 438 and 446 W. Washington St. would be an exceptional bargain.

Any-or all-of that would be just fine with city, said Gerry Jones, the city’s director of capital programs.

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The city is taking sealed proposals for the sale of the two structures that once housed the city’s inspections and public utilities departments until June 15.

Neither of the buildings, which are located next to the Municipal Building, can be used in its current condition, Jones said.

&uot;The buildings are currently deemed uninhabitable,&uot; Jones said. &uot;The city has no plans for them if someone sees some value in them.&uot;

Last January, the Historic Landmarks Commission delayed acting on the city’s request for a certificate of appropriateness to raze the two buildings. The board instead directed the city to attempt to sell any valuables inside them.

The city needs the buildings removed by the end of the year to make way for a new police administration building planned for the corner, said Jones. The city will begin taking bids on the $3.8 million police headquarters next spring, with a targeted completion date about two years off.

But meanwhile, he is hopeful that at least parts of the buildings may be saved.

&uot;That would make it a win-win situation for everyone,&uot; he said. &uot;…We’re soliciting proposals to see if there is any interest in them.

&uot;We need to have the buildings gone, whether we demolish them or someone moves them.&uot;

In the two weeks since the request for proposals was advertised, just one person has called about looking inside the two buildings, he said.

If the structures are not sold, the city will go back before the HLC later this summer to request a certificate of appropriateness to demolish them, he said.