OSU trying to sell four houses, cheap

2009-09-08T04:00:00Z OSU trying to sell four houses, cheapBy Kyle Odegard Corvallis Gazette Times
September 08, 2009 4:00 am  • 

Talk about some large-scale recycling.

Oregon State University plans to remove four houses from land in southwest Corvallis for future development, but hopes people will buy the structures through an online auction where the minimum bid is $50.

"We really work hard to try and relocate these houses. We never want to demo them. In the last five or 10 years, we've been fairly successful in achieving that goal," said Brian Thorsness, OSU's director of business services.

Patsy Hendricks, OSU's surplus property supervisor, said a typical sale price is $150 to $200, but it would take about $20,000 to $30,000 to move a house.

Three of the structures had a market value of about $50,000, according to the county.

"They're in pretty decent shape. There are some nice wood floors in them," Hendricks said.

Thorsness said the houses have been "vacant for some time."

The deadline for the closed-bid auction is 3 p.m. Sept. 15. Bidders must pay a 10 percent deposit. Any building would need to be removed from OSU property no later than Sept. 27.

Here are more details about the four buildings:

The house at 645 S.W. 17th St. was built in 1909, has three bedrooms, two baths, is about 2,000 square feet and is valued at $52,480.

The structure at 633 S.W. 17th Street was built in 1908, has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and has 1,736 square feet that have been divided into two living quarters. Its market value is $49,760.

The house at 636 S.W. 16th St. was built in 1905, has five bedrooms, two baths, is about 2,000 square feet and is valued at $57,710.

The last house is on Brooklane Drive in Corvallis, but there is no market value listed, and few other details listed on OSU's Web site. That structure is in an area of campus that was originally called "South Farm," and the university is looking to convert that into a technology park.

Several farm structures there such as sheds also are up for bid in the online auction.

A new international dormitory is planned for near the houses on 16th and 17th streets, but Thorsness said details regarding what will be done with the land the structures are on hasn't been finalized.

Thorsness said that this is the largest surplus house sale at OSU in a decade or so, when about 10 houses were sold simultaneously.

B.A. Beierle, president of local organization Preservation Works, said there was a strong tradition of moving old structures and converting them to new uses in Benton County. She's trying to spread the word about OSU's auction, and has heard of people who are interested in the old houses.

"I'm certain we can find someone who can put the buildings or their components to good use," she said.

For more information about OSU's surplus house auction, go to surplus.oregonstate.edu/online_auction/ContactBids/.

Kyle Odegard covers Oregon State University. He can be contacted at kyle.odegard@lee.net or 758-9523.

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