Saranac Lake to auction vacant parcels

SARANAC LAKE – The village Board of Trustees has set the date for an auction of four unused and vacant village-owned properties.

The auction will take place at 4 p.m. May 8 on the front steps of the Harrietstown Town Hall.

Three of the parcels are located off of Olive Street, the largest of which is a quarter-acre in size. Water and sewer lines run through one of the properties. The fourth parcel to be auctioned is located off of Main Street, past Napa Auto Parts, along a hillside.

Village Manager John Sweeney said he doesn’t know how long the village has owned the properties or how they came to be owned by the village.

“I can’t find anything other than we have them and we don’t need them,” he said.

At a meeting in March, the board declared a total of eight village-owned properties, including the four now being auctioned, as surplus. Others on the list include a small village parking lot next to the No. 1 Chinese restaurant at the corner of Bloomingdale Avenue and Broadway, and a 2-acre lot off of Kiwassa Road. An auction date for those remaining properties hasn’t been set.

Mayor Clyde Rabideau suggested, and the board agreed, to set a minimum bid of $1,000 for the four properties to be auctioned May 8. He noted that last year the village auctioned off a vacant parcel on Neil Street, and Adirondack Habitat for Humanity bought it for $9,000.

“There was a lot of interest last time,” Rabideau said.