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June 23, 2013

Land sale may solve, create problems

Land sale may solve, create problems

MALONE — Franklin County is holding a land auction this week, but will keep one tax-delinquent parcel out to solve parking problems and another to see if it is contaminated.

Nearly 60 properties will be sold when the auction is held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Mo’s Pub and Grill in Malone.

Parcels are for sale in the Village of Tupper Lake (five), the Town of Tupper Lake (one), Bangor (three), Bombay (two), Brandon (three), Brighton (two), Burke (two), Constable (five), Dickinson (two), Duane (one) and Franklin (three). Also for sale are parcels in the Village of Saranac Lake (two), Harrietstown (one), Village of Malone (four), Town of Malone (five), Village of Brushton (one), Moira (six), Santa Clara (one), Waverly (eight) and Westville (two). 

This will be the third time in 10 years that the county has dealt with inadequate parking at the land-locked County Courthouse building.

PARKING SPACES

A portion of one parcel will be held out of the auction — the former Kriff’s Furniture building at the corner of Amsden and Main streets in the Village of Malone.

The 1.2-acre site includes a two-story, nearly 15,000-square-foot building and detached garage that carries a full-market value of $118,000 as is.

It also has a huge parking lot that the county intends to divide, keeping the back portion for additional courthouse-employee parking.

The County Treasurer’s Office says the parking-lot value is about $20,000 of the entire parcel.

Legislators recently agreed to separate the back parking area to the east of the courthouse from space closer to the Kriff’s building, which they say still leaves enough room for tractor-trailer access for a new owner.

“I’m familiar with the goings-on there, and at one point, we rented that land for $15,000 a year to increase our parking,” said County Legislator Guy “Tim” Smith (D-Fort Covington).

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