Bidding tussle for former federal building continues

2013-05-05T19:00:00Z 2013-05-09T16:19:05Z Bidding tussle for former federal building continuesGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
May 05, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

1:05 p.m.: Bidder 6 upped the ante at 1 p.m. with an online auction bid of $2,205,000 for the old federal building.


5 a.m.: Bidder 3 now holds the top bid after submitting an offer of $2,180,000 at 1:32 a.m. Monday.


INITITAL REPORT: Whoever bidders number 3 and 6 are, they really want that building.

The bidding between the two parties for the old James F. Battin Federal Building in downtown Billings continued Sunday, with bidder six putting in the current top offer of $2,155,000 for the building.

The bid came in at about 12:20 p.m. Sunday, just 40 minutes before Bidder 3's Saturday morning offer of $2.13 million would have won.

The two have been bidding back and forth for the building since April 27, and the current bid will win if somebody doesn't make a higher offer by 12:20 p.m. Monday.

Bidding began April 23.

The building, which was completed in 1965, housed several agencies and U.S. District Court. Asbestos in the building caused the federal government to build a $80 million federal courthouse.

Several federal agencies will soon move out of the old courthouse and into a separate $30 million office building.

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