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Borough out-bid in attempt to buy downtown building

March 16, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger dropped out at $90,000 in a public auction Tuesday for the sale of a 5,000-square-foot building near Waynesboro's center square.

Linda Barkdoll topped six other bidders at $100,000 to buy the two-story building at 17 E. Main St.

The Waynesboro Borough Council on Monday authorized Hamberger to bid up to $100,000 for the building. "I knew if we had bid $100,000, someone was going to bid higher," he said, as his reason for stopping at $90,000.

Borough Councilman Dick George said the council wanted the building for more space for cramped borough offices. He said the council would continue to look for ways to increase office space.

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Last month, the council pushed to have Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz move his offices from the second floor of the Borough Hall to make more room for the police department.

The Franklin County Commissioners are working on plans for a new office building for Pentz to be built by Waynesboro developer Ronnie Martin.

Auctioneer Matthew S. Hurley had trouble getting an opening bid for the building until he dropped down to $40,000. Things began to move up until Barkdoll's $100,000 bid, and pleadings by Hurley could not bring a higher offer.

Hurley conferred in private with Christopher Unger, owner of the building. When it became obvious that Barkdoll's would be the highest bid he would get, Hurley sold the building.

Barkdoll said she owns the building next door at 9 and 11 E. Main St. It's occupied by the law firm of Kulla, Barkdoll, Ullman & Painter P.C. Her son, Clint Barkdoll, is a partner in the firm.

"The firm may need to expand one day," she said.

"It's a great downtown location and I'm looking forward to the downtown coming back," she said.

Unger said his father, Robert Unger, bought the building in 1975. He acquired it in 1996, he said.

In a related matter involving property owned by the borough, Hamberger said Tuesday that a century-old brick house the borough has owned for about 40 years has been temporarily taken off the market.

The borough was accepting sealed bids on the house at 141 E. Fifth St. until this week. An open house was held in the structure last weekend and one scheduled for this weekend has been canceled, Hamberger said.

The lot on which the house sits measures 100 feet by 250 feet, Hamberger said. It butts against borough-owned land in Memorial Park. The council wants to retain part of the property for the park so it is reducing the house lot to 100 feet by 150 feet, Hamberger said.

New bid packets will be issued when the house goes back on the market, he said

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