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October 27, 2014 - 2:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, auction, business, Delavan's Restaurant.

Dozens of people, including a few local business owners, packed into the former Delavan's Restaurant, 107 Evans St., Batavia, this morning for an auction of the building's contents.

Everything sold, except for the kitchen sink and the building it's attached to.

The real estate is still available, so here's your chance to own your own bar and grill, or maybe the ultimate man cave.

The auction was conducted by Bontrager's.

September 8, 2012 - 11:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in auction, Batavia Kiwanis Club.

This morning a couple members of the Batavia Kiwanis Club went to Paul White's place to get a look, and take a ride, on his paraglider.

White is donating a ride on the paraglider to be auctioned off at the club's Bidding on a Brighter Future Auction & Gala at Batavia Downs on Sept. 22.

The event is the club's big annual fundraiser to benefit the Child Advocacy Center, which needs to move into a new home that it will own.

Last year, the event raised $30,000 for CAC. Kiwanis members have set a goal of $150,000.

The center has assisted more than 1,400 children who were victims of physical and sexual abuse over the past 13 years. CAC provides a safe and comforting environment for forensic interviews, medical examinations and advocacy for children who are victimized in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

Besides the paraglider ride, this year gala guests will be able to bid on a fully stocked freezer, sea cruises, cigars and accessories, fun in South Carolina -- a Hilton Head stay and a Myrtle Beach vacation, a Batavia Police Department "CSI Experience," a private pistol lesson for two with a sharpshooter from Batavia PD, fresh baked pies, children's scooters, a stained glass work, couch, chairs, sink and vanity, double oven, jewelry and lots more.

Tickets are $40 per person or $75 for a couple. Sponsorship levels range in price from $50 to $5,000. Sponsors must sign up by Sept. 12.

The club is also still accepting donations.

All donations to the foundation are tax deductible.

For more information, contact Anita at 813-5371 or Grace at 344-8576.

Below: Kiwanis member Peter Guppenberger prepares for a ride with Paul White. Photos provided by Grace Flannery.

November 23, 2010 - 10:49am
posted by Timothy Walton in batavia, auction, Property.

The City of Batavia has eight properties owned by people who didn't pay their taxes. Monday night the city council voted to move forward with getting new owners for the properties. It agreed to put six of them up for auction, sell one to Habitat for Humanity and explore redevelopment options for the other.

The properties consist of five houses, plus two parcels of land zoned residential, and one commercial property located at 13-15 Jackson St., which is in Jackson Square.

The auction would hopefully allow the city to gain back some, if not all, of the unpaid taxes.

Councilman Bill Cox questioned that if the properties were sold to cover back taxes, would that change their assessed value? City Manager Jason Molino said he would be surprised if some of the properties sold for the amount owed.

They will be sold for prices lower than the surrounding houses. But in a distressed sale, Molino said the price of a "spotted" property is typically considerated without regard to the higher values of those around it.

Three of the residential properties have tenants. And one of the properties on Ellicott Street will have to be condemned due to the "terrible" shape it's in.

Council agreed to sell one of the properties to Habitat for Humanity, which will rebuild the house so it can become the home of a low-income family. Council saw this as an opportunity to take a house in rough shape and ensure it would be fixed up for a new family.

This was done as part of the Housing Development program.

Council President Marianne Clattenberg said that by starting out with one house being redeveloped, it gives them a chance to "start slow and see how this program works."

Molino carefully chose Habitat in order to virtually guarantee decent results for the first rehab project. Other agencies can be explored another time.

"The goal is to refurbish these houses and put families in them," Clattenberg said. 

Habitat is currently working on a house it bought for around $17,000. But Councilman Samuel Barone noted that it has never come up with the type of money it would need for this house-- nearly $21,000 in back taxes.

Molino said that before a sale contract is written, the nonprofit organization would be asked for a letter of commitment, promising completion of the project.

The only commercial property in arrears, 13-15 Jackson St., will take some time before a new owner can buy it.

The building has some historical background, according to Councilwoman Patti Pacino. Since it's in the Batavia Improvement District (downtown), the council would like to see it developed into something beneficial for the community.

They voted "yes" to seeking development options. The council wants to see the building used for a taxable purpose.

"It's going to take time," says Molino, who will have to gather information about what can be done with the property.

He added that his office has received interest in the building in the past.

Councilman Frank Ferrando said something needs to be done to avoid these situations. Action needs to be taken to get people and businesses to stay in the area.

"We talk about it and we don't take action," Ferrando said. "That's why these things happen. There isn't enough opportunity."

Councilman Bob Bialkowski summed the whole property situation up by saying "It's just very sad."

March 10, 2010 - 6:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in auction, Oakfield, Churches.

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Wanna buy a church? How would you like a nice big living room with stained glass windows? Perhaps you could turn the church into a restaurant or community theater? Or maybe you're a pastor with a growing congregation and need more space.

No matter what you might want to do with the space, you will have your chance to win the former Oakfield Presbyterian Church, 80 and 82 North Main St., Oakfield, at auction at 5:30 p.m., March 18.

The church and adjoining house -- the manse -- will be sold together with a starting bid of $20,000. The high bidder has the option to buy all the contents of the buildings for an additional $5,000.

The assessed value is $398,000, and current annual taxes are about $16,607. 

The church was built in 1890. It's 11,740 square feet. Besides the manse, there's also a one-car detached garage.

Potential bidders can check out the buildings at open houses 10 a.m. to noon on March 13 and March 17. The winning bidder will be required to make an immediate $10,000 deposit.

The auction is being conducted by Harris Wilcox, a Bergen-based company.

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March 10, 2010 - 1:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in auction, genesee county, taxes.

The properties listed below were reportedly foreclosed on by Genesee County for non-payment of taxes.  They will be auctioned off March 27 at Bontrager's.

The properties listed as owned by Genesee County are properties that were not sold at the last auction.

TOWN OF ALABAMA 15.-1-42 SHAMROCK FRANK C KENYON AVE.
TOWN OF ALABAMA 6.-1-79 COUNTY OF GENESEE 789 LEWISTON ROAD
TOWN OF ALEXANDER 11.-1-40.12 UNKNOWN GENESEE STREET
TOWN OF ALEXANDER 15.-1-29 CAPWELL THOMAS 4011 COOKSON ROAD
TOWN OF BATAVIA 13.-1-107.1 COUNTY OF GENESEE EAST MAIN STREET ROAD
TOWN OF BATAVIA 3.-1-114 MOONEY JUDY L 7881 LEWISTON ROAD
TOWN OF BERGEN 6.-1-19.1 CONTE RICHARD E 6567 NORTH LAKE ROAD
TOWN OF BERGEN 11.-1-26 DURRANT SHARON & DAVID J 6422 WEST SWEDEN ROAD
TOWN OF BYRON 5.-2-44 TEAMCO CORPORATION 6657 COLE ROAD
TOWN OF BYRON 7.-1-13.12 STANTON BONNIE 6902 ROUTE 237
TOWN OF LEROY 30.-1-94 FIX JOHN AND LORIE WARSAW ROAD
TOWN OF PAVILION 15.-1-9.21 THE ESTATE OF GERALICE RAE BURGH STARR ROAD
TOWN OF PEMBROKE 18.-1-52 CAPWELL THOMAS J SCRIBNER ROAD
VILLAGE OF ALEXANDER 2.-3-20.1 FULLER JEREMY J 3438 TELEPHONE ROAD
VILLAGE OF LEROY 7.-1-65 NORSTRAND DANIEL 1 PLEASANT STREET
VILLAGE OF LEROY 7.-2-11 NORSTRAND DANIEL 8 PLEASANT STREET
May 22, 2009 - 4:20pm
posted by James Renfrew in auction, byron, food, Duck Race, Vendors.

Memorial Day in Byron, Monday May 25th.

9:00 AM - Plant Sale at the Byron Presbyterian Church on Rt. 262. 

All Day - Food concession

All Day - Vendor tables with crafts and rummage

11:00 AM - Town Parade (begins on Terry Street and proceeds east on Rt. 262, concluding with a ceremony at the Byron Cemetery).

Noon - Free games for children in the park next to the Presbyterian Church on Rt. 262, also featuring "Mr. Squiggles" (Mr. Squiggles is sponsored by the Byron-Bergen Library through a grant from the NYS Council on the Arts Decentralization Program).

1:00 PM - Big Auction on the lawn of the Presbyterian Church, Rt. 262.  Antiques and furniture are included. 

3:00 PM - Duck Race, sponsored by the Byron Town park Committtee - purchase your chances throughout the day at the park next to the church.  Watch the thrilling finish on the Trestle park Bridge, a short walk from the Presbyterian Church.

For more information, please call the Presbyterian Church, 548-2800.  For vendor table space, please call Laura at 548-2245.

December 11, 2008 - 7:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in auction, Announcements, wbta.

Everybody loves a good auction, and at this time of year, an auction can be a great way to pick up an interesting present.

Batavia's WBTA is holding another of its periodic auctions this Saturday. For rules, information and a list of the items up for grabs, visit WBTA1490.com.

Among the many interesting items:

  • Gift certificates from Center of Attention Auto Spa
  • NY Trailways Casino Bus Trip
  • Gift certificates from Batavia Restaurant Supply
  • Various items from Flowers by Dick Burton
  • Two $50 gift certificates from Valle Jewelers
  • Three-month membership to the YMCA
  • Party of 10 at the Jell-O Factory Paint Ball
  • Gift certificates (wine only) from Mr. Wine and Liquor

 

June 4, 2008 - 9:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in auction, wbta.

WBTA, 1490 AM, is gearing up for another of its periodic auctions.  Dan Fischer has loaded the station's web site page with several more items.

Items include:

  • Four-pack for Martin's Fantasy Island
  • One-price pass for the Attica Rodeo
  • Gift certificates for Oliver's Candy
  • Bus trip for two to Seneca Niagara Casino
  • Birthday blow out at The Gravel Pit
  • Gift certificates for O'Lacy's
  • Gift certificates for Center Street Smokehouse

Rules here, segment schedule here.

May 29, 2008 - 12:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in auction, wbta.

WBTA has posted several items available in it's June 7 "Father's Day" auction.

Interesting items include:

  • One night at Delta Toronto East
  • Four-pack to Martin's Fantasy Island
  • Birthday party blow out at the Gravel Pit

The auction will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

Dan Fischer just told me that he'll be posting more items this afternoon.

Merchants who still wish to participate have until tomorrow to contact WBTA.

April 23, 2008 - 9:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in auction, radio, wbta.

Several neat items available this Saturday in WBTA's auction.

  • YMCA Camp Hough
  • Casino bus trip
  • Martin's Fantasy Island
  • Tim Horton's coffee mugs
  • A Mother's Day brunch
  • Party at The Gravel Pit
  • Plenty of booze and food

Having run these type of auctions before, events/places-to-go always do well, especially in the spring, so bid early and bid often (or bid high).

Too bad you can't bid online.

UPDATE: No online word on who won what items, but the next auction is June 6.

 

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