LOWVILLE — Shy of the reserve price, a handful of interested parties bumped the bid into the range of an agreeable purchase price in Saturday’s public auction of the village-owned former municipal building.
When the highest bid, from Dr. Steven L. Lyndaker, stalled at $60,000 and a brief recess brought no new interest, Mayor Donna M. Smith and village trustees met with Dr. Lyndaker and his wife, Dr. Shereen E. Palmer, and decided on a sale price of $65,000.
Trustee Dennis G. Bishop said, “I am pleased to see these respected members of our community take ownership of this building. I am certain that they will transform it into a stately, functional and thriving piece of downtown Lowville.”
Mr. Bishop is correct about the plans for the building, as Dr. Palmer said, “We’re planning to expand our practice and restore the building.”
The brick structure, erected in 1901, has seen additions over the years, now boasting 6,360 square feet of space, 25 parking spaces and an interior wheelchair lift.
Renovations have enclosed a once open staircase, created small office spaces and covered high ceilings and simple but well-kept woodwork.
“You can tell someone loved this building,” Dr. Palmer said.
Following the building auction, its contents and village surplus items were sold in more than 140 different lots.