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Louisville selling surplus lands


LOUISVILLE — In the four years that Daniel O’Keefe has been on the Town Council in Louisville, the town has been trying to sell several vacant lots turned over by the New York Power Authority.

Mr. O’Keefe, who has taken on the task of selling the lots, listed them recently on eBay in an effort to provide the properties with some more exposure.

“The listing has ended,” Mr. O’Keefe said, noting that unfortunately for the town, the lots did not sell.

“I did get one inquiry from the listing, which was promising, but nothing came out of it,” he said.

Mr. O’Keefe said the town has two building lots for sale on Route 131 and three lots just off the causeway on Wilson Hill.

“We’ve tried eBay, and we’ve tried a couple of other websites too,” he said. “We’re just looking to get the word out there.”

The two lots on Route 131 are each 2.8 acres and are appraised for $80,000 apiece.

One of the lots on Wilson Hill is 4.8 acres and is appraised for $43,000. Two smaller lots that are roughly 2 acres each are valued at $28,000 and $25,000, respectively. Each of the three lots is just past the causeway.

Mr. O’Keefe said that while each of the lots has been appraised, the town has not set prices for them and is willing to entertain offers, although he said he isn’t in a rush to sell them.

“I’m not all that much in a hurry to sell them,” he said. “We own what we own and once we sell it, it’s gone.”

Mr. O’Keefe said that given the current economic climate and real estate market, he sees nothing wrong with holding on to the parcels if there is a chance the town could get a better price for the land in the future.

“If this isn’t a great market now and we can get a little bit more down the road, I’m fine with that, and think it would be more beneficial to the town in the long run,” Mr. O’Keefe said.

Anyone interested in purchasing any of the five lots or who wants to learn more about them is asked to call the town clerk’s office at 769-0457.

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