DANSVILLE – The Livingston County Board of Supervisors introduced a local law on Wednesday that could declare a little more than half an acre on Bank Street to be surplus property and authorize its sale to four private buyers, superceding the current county law prohibiting such a sale without a bidding process.
According to County Administrator Ian Coyle, if the law passes, the property at 7 Bank Street, formerly the Wilcox Press property, will be sold to three adjoining property owners and the Village of Dansville to clear up boundary and encroachment issues and provide additional parking for the Village Park.
“Under county law, real property can only be sold to the highest bidder,” explained County Attorney David Morris. “This local law alters that.”
Livingston County obtained the Wilcox Press property by tax foreclosure after the building was gutted by a fire in the 1990’s, and had the property remediated using a grant from New York State.
The Board passed a resolution on Wednesday declaring 7 Bank Street surplus property.
The total price paid for the land would be $5,587.06. Of this, $1,000 would come from the Village of Dansville. The remainder would come from the three landowners whose properties border 7 Bank Street.