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Jefferson County may sell several properties

March 06, 2001

Jefferson County may sell several properties



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission is considering selling several pieces of property the county owns that it does not need, according to Commission President James G. Knode.

The commission had been thinking about selling four properties, but one has been taken out of consideration, Knode said.

That property consisted of about 1 acre of ground near Summit Point. After some research, Knode said he learned the land was given to the county to give the public access to a spring and it cannot be sold.

One of the other three being considered for the auction block is the former Jefferson County Magistrate Court building at the corner of George and Congress streets in Charles Town, Knode said.

The court building was vacated in January 2000 when a new $3.5 million Magistrate Court and county office complex opened next to the Jefferson County Courthouse.

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Although magistrates often complained about the outdated conditions in the three-level building, it appears structurally sound, Knode said.

Knode said the commission is not interested in keeping the building because of the work that would be required to modernize it. It would be particularly expensive to make it handicapped-accessible, Knode said.

"It was not built as a modern office building," Knode said.

The second piece of land is in Bolivar, Knode said. It's in a steep section of town and access to it is difficult, he said. The property, which is less than an acre, may be attractive to nearby property owners who want to enlarge their lots, Knode said.

The other piece of property consists of four or five building lots in the Shannondale subdivision on Blue Ridge Mountain, Knode said.

Since the properties are not being used by the commission, it wants to consider selling them so they "wouldn't be cluttering up the books, so to speak," Knode said.

Should the three properties be sold, they will probably be offered for sale at an auction, Knode said. The public will be notified of any auction, Knode said.

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