SCHOOLS FOR SALE
Three former Williamsport Area School District school buildings will be on the auction block at separate events in the coming weeks, with the Woodward Township School to be the first this Thursday.
The two school buildings that were closed by the district at the end of the 2012-13 school year, Sheridan Elementary School and Round Hills Elementary School, also will be auctioned off in the following weeks, Oct. 29 and Nov. 7, respectively.
All three buildings will be auctioned on site beginning at 6 p.m. on their respective dates by Roan Inc. All three are zoned residential.
Woodward, 5933 N. Route 220, Linden, last was used as an elementary school in 2001. It was used as an alternative education school until 2007, when it then was used mostly as storage for the district.
The 20,900-square-foot building sits on 13.5 acres and is 59 years old. Michael Roan, of Roan Inc., added that the building has been heated and taken care of since it was closed.
Being the largest lot of the three properties and being next to the river, there is a lot of potential with what the building could be used as, Roan said.
“You can do a lot of things because you have the public sewer,” he said.
A reserve price of $173,000 has been placed on the school building. A down payment of $20,000 is required at the auction.
Sheridan Elementary School, 915 Sheridan St., is the oldest of the three buildings at 100 years. The building is 30,662 square feet and sits on about 6 acres of land. When talking about the size of the Sheridan lot, Roan noted that it was “huge” for one that is in the middle of the city.
A reserve price of $385,000 has been placed on the building. A down payment of $40,000 is required at the time of the auction.
Round Hills Elementary School, 136 Grimesville Road, is the newest building at 53 years. It is 39,721 square feet and sits on an 8-acre lot. Roan said that because the building is so new, it is in very good condition.
A reserve price of $423,000 has been placed on the building. A down payment of $50,000 is required at the time of the auction.
Roan explained that if any of the auctions end without the reserve price being met, the district still could approve the sale of the building for the winning bid, but that it also has the option to deny it.
Roan said he has sold five former school buildings via auction in his career. He said each is different, but it comes down to how the property is zoned.
“It all has to do with the zoning,” he said on selling school buildings.
According to a previous Sun-Gazette report, the decision to auction off the buildings came after discussions with both the district’s school board and other school districts.
Those wishing to tour one of the properties before its auction can do so by making an appointment with Roan. Each building also will be open one hour before its auction.
The district began soliciting bids for auctioneer companies over the summer.