SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga County’s online auction of its former office building at 31 Woodlawn Ave. started on Tuesday, and will run through Wednesday, April 28, the online auction company announced.
The bidding for the property, which an appraisal by the county found is worth more than $2 million, is being overseen by Buffalo-based Auctions International, which has conducted other online auctions for the county. The bidding deadline will be 10 a.m. on April 28.
The schedule could allow the county Board of Supervisors to make a decision on whether to accept a bid in May.
The property, which has frontage on both Woodlawn Avenue and Railroad Place, was vacated by the county last summer after the county Public Health Services moved to the county’s new Public Safety Building in Milton. This past winter, the two-story brick building was used as an overflow Code Blue shelter for the homeless, but county officials have been clear that their intention is to sell the property, which is probably more valuable for the location just a block off Broadway than for the building itself.
According to an auction house description, the building has a long history. Completed in 1927, it was originally used as a clothing factory until 1936, when the county rented it from the city of Saratoga Springs. The county purchased the building from the city in 1940.
Since being owned by the county, the property has undergone several renovations. Today, in addition to the two floors, it has a finished basement area with offices, a conference room, kitchen area and restrooms.
“The Woodlawn Avenue building has served the needs of Saratoga County for many decades,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Kusniez, R-Moreau, said in a press release. “The sale of this building and property presents a great opportunity to continue to meet the needs of the residents of the Saratoga County.”
The property can be previewed at 31Woodlawn.com, where there are photos, a video tour and detailed descriptions. Bidders must be registered in order to participate in the bidding process.