Rockland mulls competing bids for city-owned land

Posted July 02, 2013, at 3:01 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Councilors met behind closed doors Monday night to discuss what to do with competing bids for a parcel of land the city owns.

The property at 67 Warren St. consists of less than a tenth of an acre with a 24-by-28-foot, one-and-a-half story garage.

The city acquired the parcel in March when the previous owner failed to pay property taxes of $679 that had been owed from 2011. The garage had been leased for an upholstery business.

The lot is assessed by the city at $34,820.

Sandra Hastings of 101 North Main St., whose property abuts 67 Warren St. had once been part of the same parcel, bid $5,200.

The neighbor on the other side of the property, Orion Boshes of 65 Warren St., submitted a bid of $3,000.

City Attorney Kevin Beal said the city has asked both parties what they plan to do to rehabilitate the garage that is in poor condition. The city has asked for responses by Friday.

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