LOWVILLE The Feb. 9 auction of the former municipal building at 5402 Dayan St. will offer pieces of village history as well as the opportunity to own a 6,360-square-foot downtown building.
The possibilities are endless, said appraiser Duane DeLair, Constableville Auction Hall. He suggested a multiunit apartment building, first-floor shopping or office space and other ideas.
An attached parking lot can hold 25 vehicles, and an inside wheelchair lift can transport customers from the parking level to the middle floor.
Built in 1901 as a clubhouse, the building was purchased in the mid-1930s and became the Elks Lodge. Two additions have been built, one housing what would later operate as a courtroom and meeting space for the town and village of Lowville.
The center hall allows access to multiple rooms on both sides.
What was likely a grand staircase is now closed in for additional office space. The wooden railing remains in original, unpainted condition and helps visitors to the upper floor. A renovation in the 1970s is obvious, with dated carpets and paneled walls, but large windows keep the space bright.
Mr. DeLair estimated three apartments could fit in the upper floor and four on the main level, while keeping the large space intact for a community room. Enclosing the large space could provide an additional two apartments.
The building features three-zone heating and a large unfinished basement.
While the building is in obvious need of renovations, the auctioneers say its in very sound shape, said village Trustee Danny L. Salmon.
Trustee Dennis G. Bishop said the building had around $6,000 in upgrades a few years ago, which addressed a roof problem and electrical issues.
An engineering firm declared the building in sound condition a few years ago, Mr. Bishop said.
The building will open at 8:30 a.m. the day of the auction for inspection. The contents, which include a variety of office materials and furniture and Police Department surplus, will be sold following the building auction at 9:30 a.m.
Two open houses will be scheduled for the public to view the building in the next few weeks, though no dates have been set. Private viewings of the building may be arranged by calling June or Duane DeLair at 397-8010.
Photos of the building and its contents are available at www.constablevilleauction.com.