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Former Houseville gas station included in Lewis tax auction

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LOWVILLE — A former gas station in Houseville is among the properties that may be sold at next week’s Lewis County tax auction.

The Route 26 station and convenience store, formerly known as Marty’s Grub and Pub, is one of 26 parcels that, as of Monday, were still slated to be auctioned at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lowville Elks Lodge, 5600 Shady Ave.

However, owners of the remaining tax-delinquent parcels still may repurchase their parcels from the county up until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Officials at the county treasurer’s office are hopeful that last-minute redemptions may drop the number of properties to about 20 by the time of the auction, which again will be conducted by Haroff Auction Service, Schroon Lake.

The station’s one-acre parcel, which has a full assessed value of $88,200, includes the single-story station, an adjacent two-story residence and a 1-story garage. The 1,395-square-foot store was built in 1934, while the 3,442-square-foot house was added in 1990, according to county records.

Other properties that may be available at the auction include a garage-style building in Greig that has been used as a small store, seven houses and three mobile homes. Four of the 10 residences are listed as occupied.

Of the 26 remaining parcels, five are in the town of Diana, four in Lewis and three in New Bremen and Turin. There are no available properties in five of the county’s 17 towns: Harrisburg, Martinsburg, Montague, Osceola and West Turin.

The county in February foreclosed on 50 tax-delinquent parcels. To redeem them, property owners had to pay all taxes and fees and any delinquent taxes from January 2012, plus 10 percent of that amount as an auctioneer’s fee and 5 percent of the parcel’s full value.

A seminar for first-time bidders will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Elks Lodge, and interested bidders may register that day, starting at 6 p.m.

On the day of the auction, registration will begin at 8 a.m.

Internet bidding is also available. Some parcels will be open for showing Tuesday. Up-to-date information on available parcels is on Haroff’s website: www.nysauctions.com.

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