Delaware County is hoping to sell the old Community Savings Bank building in Manchester.
The County had purchased the building two years ago with the intent to move the Delaware County Treasurer’s Office and Auditor’s Office there, as well as the county’s voting equipment. But County Supervisor Jeff Madlom says an unexpected requirement from the State Fire Marshal was more costly than they could afford.
The County bought the building for just under $600,000 – but with the work the County already put in, including the architect’s fee, they’ve got around $775,000 to $800,000 invested in that piece of property. There’s also a lot of old furniture and desks in the building, so the County will be meeting with a couple of auctioneers this week to find out if they should try to sell the building as is with the furniture – or sell the building and furniture separately. Either way, the County will likely sell the building through a bid letting.
And once the building is sold, Madlom says they’ll begin looking into options for the old county jail that adjoins the courthouse – he says since the old bank building didn’t work out, they could end up moving the Treasurer’s and Auditor’s Offices there instead. He says the goal is to make those offices more accessible to the public by moving them to a ground level.
Madlom says the Delaware County Board of Supervisors hope to know more within the next three weeks.
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