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Rockland to seek bids on foreclosed house

By Stephen Betts | Oct 08, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts 24 Franklin St. in Rockland

Rockland — The city will likely seek bids on a single-family house it took earlier this year for non-payment of taxes.

The Rockland City Council will vote Wednesday, Oct. 14 on an agenda item to seek bids for 24 Franklin St.

The city acquired the property on March 10 for non-payment of taxes.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said the family that owned it has moved out and is not interested in seeking to reclaim it.

The house is a two-story 1,565-square-foot building on a quarter acre. The city has the house and land assessed at a total of $160,400. The house has eight rooms that include three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is an attached garage.

The property extends to Edwards Street.

Code Enforcement Officer Adam Ackor said the building will need a complete renovation inside.

The property had been owned by Georgia Mahonen. She is in a nursing home.

The amount of taxes owed on the property are more than $6,500 in addition to unpaid sewer fees for the past few years.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: James Clinton Leach | Oct 22, 2020 02:15

This property is in tough shape needing roofing, new electrical, plumbing, insulation, kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, walls & ceilings ,windows, lead paint  abatement , extermination of rodents, foundation repair. There’s an old mobil home that needs to be removed ... I’ve renovated several distressed homes in Rockland over the years and can tell you 75K is a start, 50k more may get it done depending ..hard to say with the cost of building supplies skyrocketing ...the vinyl siding might be ok, it needs to be power washed to determine the true condition..joists appear to be just adding the above figures 75 plus 50 plus 6500 taxes, water / waste water liens maybe another 3500.00 to 4500.00 and the cost to purchase the real bargain to be had here ...the Fire Department might be interested for training purposes ..

Posted by: paula marie manser | Oct 19, 2020 11:31

I live next door - 160,000$$!! - that place needs at least 75,000$ worth of work just to be livable! It was infested with rats, there was animal waste throughout, etc.  Good luck, city of Rockland!


Posted by: Melissa Byer | Oct 10, 2020 15:13

I agree Valerie Wass. What are they thinking. Sad really!

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 08, 2020 12:12

Way too high of an assessment, as usual with the City of Rockland, since it needs total renovation on the inside.  This is were hiring a assessment company does not work.  They just do a drive by and do not bother to look around the property or inside of the houses.  High property taxes are forcing people who have lived here all their lives, to move.  Which, in turn, the out of staters are buying up the houses and the circle continues.

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