Monday bidding hits $1.9M for old federal courthouse building

2013-04-28T22:00:00Z 2013-05-09T16:19:06Z Monday bidding hits $1.9M for old federal courthouse buildingGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
April 28, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

7:23 a.m.: Bidder number 6 pushed the top bid to $1,905,000 with Monday's first activity in the online auction of the old federal courthouse in Billings. The bid was recorded at 7:21 a.m.


 

INITIAL REPORT: The top bid rose to $1,880,000 Sunday night in the ongoing online auction of the old James F. Battin Federal Courthouse in downtown Billings.

Before the latest bid from bidder 3 was entered at 10:21 p.m. Sunday, five bids in six minutes Sunday morning pushed the high bid to $1,855,000 from bidder 6.

Bidder 3 also had the high bid on Saturday night at $1,730,000.

Starting early Saturday and continuing through Sunday, the back-and-forth bidding between bidder 6 and 3 bumped up the amount of the high bid by about $800,000.

Bidders in the auction, held 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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