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The building was built in 1935, but has sat relatively empty for the last 16 years. (Melissa Proulx))

Former Auburn fire and police station up for sale

AUBURN — After sitting unused and relatively empty for nearly two decades, the former fire and police station could soon be back on the tax roll again.

The 2,595-square-foot building at 50 Raymond Road is officially on the market after residents approved selling the building at this year’s town meeting.

Susan Tillery, a managing broker for Keller Williams Metropolitan in Hooksett, is heading the sale. Though a handful of people have already expressed interest in the building, no one has made an offer on it just yet, according to Town Administrator Bill Herman.

“We’re testing the market to see what interest there might be out there,” he said.

The station was built in 1935 and has been primarily used for storage since 2000, when the new public safety building was built.

With four bay garages, and office space, storage and a kitchen on the second floor, the old station could be ideal for businesses like a bike repair and sales shop, or a kayak or canoe business.

“A business that may be looking for a small, warehouse-type storage facility, that could work well on that property,” Herman said.

A potential buyer would also have the option of tearing down the building and starting from scratch, should they desire to do so, Herman said. But, with the various land use and zoning ordinance for the plot of land it sits on, it could be the more complicated option.

“Working within the current structure may be easier,” Herman said.

The going price for the building is $219,000, according to the online listing. As of 2015, it’s assessed value was $319,800.

However, a lot of work would need to be done on the building to bring it up to code, like updating the plumbing, water and electrical systems, and putting in insulation.

“It’s certainly not a move-in ready building,” Herman said.

The purpose of getting resident approval for the sale was to expand the reach of a warrant article passed about six years ago.

In 2010, a local resident had worked with the town to potentially buy the space to use to store his car collection.

“He wanted a place to put his collection and be able to work on them,” Herman said.

The majority of voting residents sided in favor of the option. However, no deal or sale was ever reached between the resident and the town, according to Herman.

“That’s still possible if (he) is interested,” Herman said.

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