Bid for old courthouse goes up again

2013-05-01T22:04:00Z 2013-05-09T16:19:06Z Bid for old courthouse goes up againBy CLAIR JOHNSON The Billings Gazette

4 p.m. Bidder 6 has the high bid after placing an offer of $2,055,000 at 3:32 p.m. Thursday.

Bidding for the old federal courthouse in downtown Billings continued Wednesday, with the latest offer of $2.030 million submitted at 10:41 p.m. by Bidder 3. 

Offers cracked the $2 million mark earlier in the day, with Bidder 6 offering $2,005,000 at 8:21 a.m. That figure remained all day and into the night until Bidder 3 upped it by $25,000.

The sale will close if no other bids are received within 24 hours of the last bid, or by 10:41 p.m. Thursday.

The online auction for the former James F. Battin Federal Courthouse, 316 N. 26th St., began receiving bids on April 23. Six bidders have entered the auction, but since April 27, when the price reached $1 million, the sale has been a battle between Bidders 3 and 6. Bidders are known only by their numbers.

The GSA is selling the courthouse, which was replaced by a new $80 million courthouse about a block to the south in downtown Billings. Remaining workers in the old courthouse are moving to a new $30 million office building at 2021 Fourth Ave. N.

Asbestos in the old courthouse led to the construction of the new courthouse and office buildings.



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