The owners of the Lincoln Street Center continue to seek to have the assessment on their property dramatically cut.

But the city maintains that the request cannot be considered until Orchid LLC pays its overdue property taxes — which are two years in arrears.

An attorney for Orchid filed an abatement request Aug. 2 seeking to have its assessment reduced from $1,001,500 to $330,000.

If granted, the abatement would cut the company's tax bill by nearly $17,000.

The owners claim in their abatement request that a commercial appraiser valued the property at 24 Lincoln St. at $330,000. The application for the abatement also points out that the owners paid $125,000 for the property.

Orchid paid $125,000 in 2012 after Camden National Bank took ownership of the property from the nonprofit organization Lincoln Street Center for Arts. The city had sold the property to that group after the school moved out in 1996 because of air quality concerns.

Orchid LLC consists of Oded Ashe of Las Vegas; local resident Mario Abaldo; and Erez Ram of Agoura, Calif.

The building was constructed in 1866, but received major additions and renovations in the early 1900s. The building has 35,000 square feet of space and sits on 1.65 acres. It originally housed Rockland High School, then Rockland District Junior High School before it closed in November 1996.

Orchid also sought an abatement in 2018.

The Rockland Board of Assessment Review, however, cannot consider the request until the taxes are paid up to date.

Orchid owes two years of property taxes totaling nearly $50,000. There is a lien on the property for taxes billed in 2018. That lien must be paid off by March or the city will own the building through an automatic property tax foreclosure.