YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – After sitting empty for almost six months, there is now a new use for Mahoning County’s South Side annex building.
The property was sold at auction Friday morning for about $190,000. The bidding started at $75,000.
The winning bid came from the Abel family, which owns the nearby Banner Supply Company. They hope to use the facility as a warehouse space for the business.
“A large building that is available to us, that doesn’t happen all the time. Certainly, the parking lots we can use,” said Rich Abel. “We are a building supply business and can use the room.”
The Annex was left empty when all the county agencies housed there were moved to Oakhill Renaissance Place.
Commissioners tried to sell the annex last year, but none of the bids met the county’s requirements. The building was appraised at $640,000 and the bid needed to be at least two-thirds of that.
The Abels will begin using the space, which at one time was a Sears Roebuck department store, as soon as the sale closes.