Bid for old courthouse surpasses $2M as online auction continues

2013-04-30T21:18:00Z 2013-05-09T16:19:06Z Bid for old courthouse surpasses $2M as online auction continuesGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

9:45 a.m. Bidder 6 pushed the top bid for the old federal courthouse over the $2 million mark Wednesday morning. The bid of $2,005,000 was made at 8:21 a.m.


5 a.m. A midnight offer pushed the bid for the old James F. Battin Federal Courthouse to $1,980,000. Bidder 3 placed the bid at 12:02 a.m. Wednesday.

INITIAL REPORT: As the bidding seemingly has slowed in the online auction for the old James F. Battin Federal Courthouse, the high bid is getting closer to $2 million.

What seems now to be a contest between two bidders, Nos. 3 and 6, could be over by Wednesday morning. Bidder 6 put in a bid for $1,955,000 at 7:59 a.m. Tuesday, and that remained the top bid as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

If bidder 3, or any other bidder, doesn't respond by 7:59 a.m. Wednesday, the drawn-out auction will end. But another bid before the deadline would reset the clock for another 24 hours.

The auction, run by the General Services Administration, started taking bids on April 23. At various times, six bidders have placed bids on the old courthouse.

The bidders are known only by their numbers.

Bidder 3 had entered a new amount, $1,930,000 at 11:19 p.m. Monday. That was topped on Tuesday by bidder 6, and no one has responded to that bid.

The GSA is selling the former courthouse, at 316 N. 26th St., which was replaced last fall with a new $80 million federal courthouse about a block to the south. Remaining workers in the Battin building will move later this spring to a new $30 million office building at 2021 Fourth Ave. N.

Asbestos contamination in the old courthouse ultimately led to the construction of the new courthouse and office building.

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