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Village to sell Neil Street lot; hearing set

April 19, 2012
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - The village has received an offer to buy a vacant piece of property on Neil Street that it seized in 2009.

Following an executive session at its meeting Monday night, the village Board of Trustees approved a resolution calling for a public hearing on a proposal to deem approximately 2,000 square feet of village-owned right-of-way in front of 106 Neil St., which the village also owns, as surplus. The hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the village offices on the second floor of the Harrietstown Town Hall.

The resolution says the 2,000 square feet of right of way is not used for any municipal purposes, nor does the village have any plans for the property. It also says the village has received an offer to buy 106 Neil St. contingent upon the additional right-of-way lands being added to the parcel.

The vacant, one-tenth-of-an-acre parcel used to have an abandoned trailer home that the village condemned. Calling it an eyesore and a potential hazard, the village seized title to the property in 2009 and had the trailer removed and demolished.

The property was put up for sale the following year at a minimum bid price of $10,000, but there was little to no interest at that time.

Village Manager John Sweeney wouldn't identify the person who is interested in the property now, or how much they're offering.

"We're still negotiating," he said.

The property was assessed at $22,300 in 2011, according to the Franklin County Real Property Services website.

The village can deem property as surplus and sell it if it's in the public interest, but only after holding a public hearing.


Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or



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