MINOT, N.D. — Minot is looking to auction a house that the city purchased in 2015 to create a gateway to a river greenway and a museum visitor’s center.
The city learned after acquiring the property that there wasn’t a funding source for the greenway improvements.
The City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to recommend the authorization to auction the house on Walders Street for relocation, the Minot Daily News reported .
Resilience Program Manager John Zakian advised the council to auction the house because continued ownership will require maintenance costs and upkeep. Zakian also said there’s no “foreseeable funding source for greenway improvements” that would make “the house potentially viable as a visitor center.”
Finance Director David Lakefield said the city could wait several years to auction the house and rent it in the meantime. Lakefield suggested renting the property to contractors on the flood protection project.
“I think we made a mistake on this house,” said Stephan Podrygula, a council member. “Maybe next time we will be a little more careful what we purchase.”
Podrygula said he would like to give charitable groups an opportunity to acquire the house, which could be useful as a homeless shelter.
The house was originally purchased from excess funds in the city’s highway debt service fund. Money from any sale would return to the fund.
Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com