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Fort Drum Studio-Tels property sold at public auction


The owner of Fort Drum Vehicle Storage has lost one of her motel properties to a foreclosure sale.

Fort Drum Studio-Tels, the former Redwood Motor Lodge, at 24097 Route 12 in the town of Watertown, was sold during a public auction Monday morning. Former owners Alan H. and Julia A. Barniak submitted the only bid for the property at the auction in the Jefferson County Courthouse lobby.

They acquired the building for $207,037.47, the amount they were owed on the mortgage, plus interest, back taxes and other expenses, said auction referee Robert J. Slye.

Their attorney, Stephen W. Gebo, Watertown, said the Barniaks will either put the property back on the market or renovate the former motel. The tenants may continue living in the studio apartments/motel rooms, he said.

“It was taken by new and better owners,” Mr. Gebo said.

In 2007, JoAnn Sanchez-Norquist, who runs a vehicle storage company that caters to Fort Drum soldiers, bought the property from the Barniaks for $400,000.

On Feb. 21, state Supreme Court Justice Hugh A. Gilbert signed the foreclosure order after Ms. Sanchez failed to pay $159,435.60 on the $200,000 mortgage she owed to them, according to court documents.

Built in 1968, the former motel is assessed at $312,500.

Ms. Sanchez-Norquist still owes back taxes on five other properties: Sir Robert Peel Motor Lodge at 44810 Route 12 in the town of Alexandria; the former Gunns Corners Inn, 29613 Route 12 in the town of Clayton; Sanquist Properties, a 28-unit apartment building at 505 Washington St.; the Hotis Motel at 23442 Route 37 in the town of Pamelia, and an adjacent parcel at Studio-Tels at 24103 Route 12.

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