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Athol generates $292,500 in sale proceeds from auctioned properties

  • The former Sanders Street School, which was built in 1919, was sold at town auction Thursday. Athol Daily News/Deborrah Porter

  • The former Sanders Street School in Athol. —Athol Daily News/Deborrah Porter

  • Generations of elementary students passed through the halls of the Sanders Street School, which was closed in 2016.  —Athol Daily News/Deborrah Porter

  • The front entrance to the former Sanders Street School where teachers gathered to greet pupils to start each day. —Athol Daily News/Deborrah Porter

  • The rear portion of the Sanders Street School encompasses a tennis/basketball court, playgrounds and ball fields. —Athol Daily News/Deborrah Porter

Published: 9/27/2019 9:55:24 PM
Modified: 9/27/2019 9:55:14 PM

ATHOL — Sanders Street School, which was built in 1919 and served as an elementary school until 2016 when it and three other elementary schools were closed and the classes consolidated to the new Athol Community Elementary School, was sold at auction Thursday for $45,000 to Jeffery Miller of Phillipston. The school building sits on a half-acre of land and additions were made to it in 1922 and 1954.

The former school was among the 14 properties sold at a well-attended auction held by the Town on Thursday, conducted by auctioneer Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group.

Town Manager Shaun Suhoski said Zekos “was again outstanding in explaining the process and driving the bids to a fair value. We anticipate the properties will formally return to the private sector (and tax roll) upon closings within the next 30 days. If all closings become final, the Town will receive $292,500 in sale proceeds and nearly $3,200 in pro forma tax payments.

The auction results are as follows:

Parcels from Tax Takings auctioned were:

■$16,500 ($195.88 taxes) — 94 Warwick Ave., (Map 28, Lot 156), sold to William Cantrell of 132 Farnsworth Ave., Athol

■$10,000 ($118.72 taxes) — Petersham Road, (Map 46, Lot 97), sold to Paul O’Connell of 89 Miles Road, Athol

■$7,000 ($83.10 taxes) — 82 Belton Place, (Map 8, Lot 4), sold to Stanley Haley, of 60 Benton Place, Athol

■$1,000 ($11.87 taxes) — 114 Beacon St., (Map 31, Lot 189), sold to Arthur Johnson of 93 Mountain Road, Erving

■$23,000 ($273.05 taxes) — Plantation Street, (Map 12, Lot 5), sold to Cody Sawin of 60 Plantation St., Atho

■$30,000 ($356.15 taxes) — 1079 Pleasant St., (Map 47, Lot 9), sold to Samuel Hong of 3 Cudworth St., Medford

■$10,000 ($118.72 taxes) — 954 Hapgood St, (Map 31, Lot 198), sold to Joseph Richard, 1001 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill

■$50,000 ($593.59 taxes) — 49 Anzio Road, (Map 9, Lot 33), sold to Jeremy Mercauto of 473 Twichell St., Athol.

■$40,000 ($474.87 taxes) — 837 Partridgeville Rd., (Map 18, Lot 204 A4), sold to Kevin Colo of Dinsmore Street, Athol.

■$11,000 ($130.59 taxes) — Templeton Road, (Map 44, Lot 3), sold to Joseph H. Mongeau of 35 Popple Camp Rd., Petersham

■$1,000 ($11.87 taxes) — 361 Hapgood St., (Map 29, Lot 154), sold to Thomas D. Hart of 363 Hapgood St., Athol.

■$25,000 ($296.79 taxes) — 415 Chestnut St., (Map 29, Lot 330), sold to Willaim Cantrell, 132 Farnsworth Ave., Athol.

Other Town-Owned parcels

■$45,000 ($534.23 taxes) — 314 Sanders St., (Map 29, Lot 224), sold to Jeffrey Miller, 860 Royalston Rd., Phillipston.

Phillipston Lands

■$23,000 ($260.53 taxes) — State Road, (Map 37, Lot 7), sold to Lynn and David Oski, 1 Laurel Lane, Westminster.

■A fifteenth parcel on Chestnut Street (Map 29, Lot 70), was not sold.

Suhoski also expressed his appreciation to the town’s finance and building staff “for all of the behind-the-scenes work to prepare for today.”

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