Rockland mulls selling two houses

By Stephen Betts | Feb 07, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts The city will consider selling its interest in this tax-acquired property at 375 Pleasant St.

Rockland — The city will take preliminary votes next week on selling its interests in two tax-acquired properties.

The new owner plans to tear down one of the houses.

Dana Anderson of Augusta was the sole bidder for 375 Pleasant St. and 58 North Main St. He bid $1,000 for the Pleasant Street property and $10,100 for the North Main property.

His daughter Joy Rodrigue of Rockland said that after visiting the properties, the intent is to renovate the North Main Street house and either sell it or rent it. The Pleasant Street property, however, is in such poor shape that it will likely be demolished, she said.

The North Main Street property includes a one-and-a-half story house and one-eighth acre, assessed by the city at $109,200.

The city foreclosed on the property in March 2017 on a lien of $1,878 for 2014 taxes. There was also a lien of $1,975 for 2015 taxes. The 2016 taxes had also not been paid.

The 1,076-square-foot single-family home was built in 1973 and was owned by Ellen Whitehouse.

The city became owners of the Pleasant Street property in March 2018. This property has a half acre and is assessed at $71,300.

The Pleasant Street property had last been owned by Bruce Hallett and had been in the Hallett family since 1959, according to city assessment records.

The city foreclosed on a tax lien of $279 levied in September 2016 for property taxes due in August 2015. He also owed taxes, lien fees and interest for the subsequent years.

The city sends repeated notices and makes numerous efforts to locate property owners before the foreclosure deadline and tries to work with them after foreclosure.

State law makes foreclosure on properties automatic 18 months after liens are placed on properties for unpaid taxes if the amount is not paid. Municipalities can vote to waive the foreclosures.

The prices that Rockland receives for properties is far less than their assessed value because the city only issues a quit claim deed, meaning Rockland gives up its interests in the property. Former owners could challenge the ownership issue and getting financing is more difficult.


Comments (3)
Posted by: Ron Pendleton | Feb 08, 2019 06:58

My first thought too, that house wasn't built in '73.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Feb 07, 2019 15:25

If the city owns it now, just bulldoze the mess and make it a picnic park for the neighbors. Problem solved and locals enjoy!

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Feb 07, 2019 12:09

I doubt 58 No Main was built in 1973. Maybe 1873.

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