Bidding on old federal courthouse heats up on Sunday

2013-04-27T22:29:00Z 2013-05-09T16:19:07Z Bidding on old federal courthouse heats up on SundayGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
April 27, 2013 10:29 pm  • 

11 a.m.: Five bids in six minutes Sunday morning pushed the high bid to $1,855,000.

Bidder 6 now sits on top after exchanging bids with bidder 3, who had the high bid last night at $1,730,000.


INITIAL REPORT: The online auction for the old federal courthouse in downtown Billings doesn't seem to want to end.

By Saturday evening, the auction, which now has six bidders, had drawn a high bid of $1.73 million, submitted by bidder 3. Starting early Saturday, back-and-forth bidding between bidder 6 and 3 pushed up the amount of the high bid by nearly $700,000.

Bidders in the auction by the General Services Administration are only identified by number. The sale will continue until 24 hours pass without a new bid.

GSA is selling the former James F. Battin Federal Courthouse at 316 N. 26th St. The five-story, 221,509-square-foot building is contaminated with asbestos, which led to the construction of a new, $80 million courthouse about a block south at 2601 Second Ave. N.

Information about the auction is available online at RealEstateSales.gov or PropertyDisposal.gsa.gov.

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