(WBNG Binghamton) The New York State Department of Transportation will auction five parcels of land in Broome, Delaware and Otsego counties next month as part of the state’s Surplus Property Program aimed at returning properties no longer needed to the hands of local citizens who can better care for and develop the land.
According to a news release:
Each parcel was acquired by the state for highway improvements. The land is no longer needed for transportation purposes and will be available for purchase by public auction.
The land auction will be held on Thursday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m. in the NYSDOT Regional Office, at the State Office Building in Binghamton, 44 Hawley Street, room 1005. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The auction is open to the public.
“Releasing surplus property no longer needed by the state is beneficial to the local communities,” said NYSDOT Regional Director Jack Williams. “It provides an opportunity for the parcel to be developed and put to good use and at the same time it returns the property to the local tax rolls.”
The five properties to be sold are listed below. Additional information, including maps, values, deposits and starting bid prices for each are listed on the state’s website at https://www.dot.ny.gov/r9surplus. Prospective bidders should research local municipal zoning requirements before placing bids.
Two parcels are located in Broome County:
• Town of Colesville – 1.83+/- acres of vacant and level land between King Road, State Route 79 and the Interstate 88 eastbound exit 6 on ramp. There will be no direct access onto either Route 79 or Interstate 88 from this property. Bidding will begin at $67,800.
• Town of Colesville – 0.25+/- acres, 215 feet of frontage along State Route 7 and 125 feet of frontage along Main Street. Access will be restricted along the Route 7 boundary. Bidding will begin at $3,300.
One parcel is located in Delaware County:
• Village of Stamford – 0.04+/- acres of vacant land. The eastern edge of this property ends at the river bank along the West Branch of the Delaware River. The property is northeast of the intersection of State Route 23 (Main Street) with River Street and West Main Street. Bidding will begin at $2,200.
Two parcels are located in Otsego County:
• Town of Oneonta – 3.18+/- acres along the eastern side of State Route 205 and the north/south direction between the State Route 23 (Chestnut Street) connector and Garden Street. Access points will be on State Route 23 and Garden Street. Bidding will begin at $120,000.
• Town of Oneonta – 3.20+/- acres located on the northeast corner of State Route 205 and State Route 23 (Chestnut Street). Access points will be on State Route 205 and State Route 23. Bidding will begin at $180,000.
Prospective bidders may obtain more information by contacting the Region 9 Office of Right-of-Way in the Binghamton DOT office at (607) 721-8736. To register, bidders must present a certified or bank check for the amount of the deposit required on the property for which they intend to bid.
The auction is part of DOT's surplus property marketing program, initiated in 1984 to return surplus properties to the tax rolls. The Legislature has allotted half the proceeds to DOT for purchases of computers and motor equipment and other high tech uses. The remainder is returned to the State's general fund.