LOCKPORT – The City of Lockport has 30 properties for sale in its annual tax foreclosure auction, set for 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in City Hall.
The city is aiming to score sale prices that exceed $259,264, which is the total amount of unpaid taxes written off on the 30 properties, according to City Treasurer Michael E. White.
The lineup of properties this year comprises almost all houses, with no commercial property and only one vacant lot, an L-shaped piece on Hinman Road.
The featured parcel is expected to be a nearly 2,000-square-foot house on a large triangular lot at 111 McIntosh Drive.
The three-bedroom, two-story house, assessed at $158,800, appears to have been abandoned for at least two years. There has been a van with four flat tires parked in the driveway all that time. White said that he’s not sure about the status of the vehicle but that the house is getting potential bidders’ attention.
“I’ve had a lot of calls from people within the neighborhood,” chief tax clerk Ronda L. McFall said.
Another featured property is 82 Pound St., which actually includes two houses. A large, red, two-story house dating from 1890 is in the front of the nearly half-acre lot. A newer house with a three-car garage is in the rear.
Somewhat less desirable are 124 N. Transit Road and 175 South St., which are in sad shape. The auction catalog says it all about those two houses: “Buyer must have house demolished.”
Overall, “there’s a lot of interest,” White said. “People are looking to get a good deal in a down economy.”
The city isn’t changing its rules for the auction, despite a defeat in a lawsuit from a bidder last year who won two properties and put down deposits.
The city refused to give him the properties because the bidder hadn’t paid his school taxes on a parcel he already owned. It also kept his deposits, although a judge ordered the city to refund the money.
The Common Council has been discussing altering the rules, but any changes wouldn’t take effect until 2014.
For now, the city reserves the right to make undesirable bidders forfeit their deposits.