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Village hall for sale, open for purchase bidding

The Skaneateles Village Hall building at 46 E. Genesee St. is now for sale. Bids are currently being accepted and the the winning bid, if there is one, will be chosen March 22.

The Skaneateles Village Hall building at 46 E. Genesee St. is now for sale. Bids are currently being accepted and the the winning bid, if there is one, will be chosen March 22.

— The building that houses Skaneateles Village Hall, 46 E. Genesee St., is officially for sale, the village Board of Trustees announced at its Feb. 13 operations meeting after passing two resolutions to allow the action.

Local realtors, many of whom attended the meeting at the trustees’ invitation, are now at liberty to show the property to prospective buyers, and are vying to find the highest bidder.

“We want very much to have equal and equitable participation by all our locally established realtors,” said Mayor Marty Hubbard. “We hope you bring us very high. We’re all in this together.”

The trustees have set a minimum reserve price for the sale, which is not being made public until after the opening of the purchase bids.

Bids will be accepted by the village until 2 p.m. Monday, March 19. The winning bid, if there is one, will be announced and accepted at the Thursday, March 22 regular board meeting.

The sale of village hall is part of the overall process to renovate the old fire station on Fennell Street and move the village municipal offices there.

The village board previously agreed, during an executive session after its Feb. 9 meeting, to declare village hall “surplus” village property and allow it to be offered for sale through a competitive bidding process. They also agreed to the terms and conditions under which the building would be sold.

These two actions were formally adopted by the board through resolutions on Feb. 13.

Under the terms, the building will be sold to the highest bidder as long as the minimum reserve price is met; the bidder must give a returnable deposit of 5 percent of the purchase price with their bid; payment form the winning bidder must come within 30 days of closing; the realty agent representing the buyer will receive a 3 percent commission from the total sale price; and, after the sale, the village will be allowed to occupy the space for up to 12 months, paying rent and utilities costs, while the Fennell Street location is being renovated.

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