Three of the five city-owned properties that hit the auction block last Friday in a surplus sale have sold. The Mid-City Messenger reports that the beautiful old police station building from 1902 in the Esplanade Ridge/Tremé part of town sold for its opening bid of $175,000. The buyers have been named but apparently the duo hasn't come forward with their plans yet. The 2,164-square foot structure on St. Philip Street has been empty since Hurricane Katrina hit and is in "very poor" condition, so a serious makeover is obviously in order. The Lower Ninth Ward fire station from 1924 on St. Claude Avenue also sold at its opening bid of $31,500 and someone paid $105,000 (bidding started at $97,500) for a wrecked house in the Navarre section of Lakeview. No one snatched up the Gentilly Ridge firehouse from 1939 (its opening bid was $176,000) or the former visitors center way out on Paris Road, going for $70,000.
· St. Philip Street police station from 1902 auctioned for $175,000 [Mid-City Messenger]
· Police station from 1902, firehouses, more to be auctioned off [Curbed NOLA]
· Auction archives [Curbed NOLA]