Brick School auction Jan. 23

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jan 17, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham The auction sign is up and the Brick School is ready for the upcoming auction Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m.

Warren — "Going once, going twice" are the next words to be heard regarding the Brick School property at 44 School St. in Warren.

The property will be on the auction block Thursday, Jan. 23, starting at 10:30 a.m. Tranzon Auction Properties of Portland will run the show.

Two walk-throughs have been held — Jan. 14 had seven interested parties in attendance, five more than the initial one held Jan. 7. Town Manager Elaine Clark said information packets are still available and can be picked up at the town office.

At a special town meeting Nov. 7, residents voted to auction the Brick School to the highest bidder as part of an out-of-court settlement with businessman Robert Emery.

The building has been at the center of controversy in the town since 2010 when Emery had an agreement to purchase the property and planned to work with CRC Health Group to establish a methadone clinic there.

The proposed resolution of the dispute involves auctioning the property and dividing the proceeds of the sale as follows: 15 percent will be taken right off the top as a buyer's premium to the auction company; costs of advertising will be reimbursed to the town; the remaining 60 percent will go to the plaintiff Robert Emery Jr. through his company Vixen Land Holdings LLC; and 40 percent will go to the town.

The settlement agreement will fully and finally resolve the legal dispute, and states that "no party admits any wrongdoing."

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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