Psst! Wanna buy a used courthouse?
The county, which moved into a new Paso Robles courthouse in 2008, would like to unload its former building at 549 10th St.
On Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will be asked to authorize an auction for the venerable hall of justice.
The building itself is 3,185 square feet and sits on a 15,682-square-foot lot. There are two modular buildings on the site.
The money raised would help defray the costs of the new courthouse.
According to a staff report, an independent appraisal from May 7, 2010, valued the old property at $700,000.
“But this price is clearly not substantiated by recent sales,” the report adds.
“The appraisal also did not recognize the difficulty in obtaining commercial funding at this time,” according to the report.
The old structure is to be sold as-is, and county staff warns that “significant expense will be incurred to remove the trailers or to place them on permanent foundations.”
Paso Robles city leaders have changed the land-use designation of the parcel on which the building sits in order to create more commercial opportunities for a would-be buyer.
It is centrally located, up the street from the new courthouse and a block off Spring Street, Paso Robles’ main drag.
The county has set a minimum price of $450,000. The list price is $550,000.
Interested parties should submit their offer by 5 p.m. Monday to Re/Max Parkside Realty at 1704 Spring St., Suite 102, in Paso Robles.
Like other government entities throughout California, the county is seeking to raise money by selling properties it no longer uses.
Bob Cuddy can be reached at 781-7909.