Herrick’s store, other properties sold at tax auction

— The historic former Herrick’s Variety store on River Street in Warrensburg was among 19 properties sold Saturday in a Warren County tax foreclosure auction held Saturday at the county Municipal Center off Rte. 9.

Herrick’s, the two-story 3,560-square-feet building which housed a general store and two apartments was sold for $6,500 to Jonathan Gill of Albany. The former owner, Charles Vreugde of Queensbury, bought the property in 2006 for $50,000 and had invested a lot of work into it. Taxes owed on the building were about $5,400, but he was temporarily cash short, he said in early October.

Other properties with structures in the auction include a cottage at 30 Riverside Drive on about a quarter-acre of land in Chestertown. That home was sold for $7,200, although it was recently appraised for $59,500. The successful bidder was Lance Montalbano of Brooklyn.

Montalbano also bought a dilapidated, fire-damaged 2,0165-square-feet home that sits on on about a quarter-acre at 9 Quoddy Boulevard in Lake George.

Bryan Rounds of Warrensburg also bought several parcels: three plots of land totaling 4.5 acres, assessed at a sum of $26,800. Rounds paid $5,100 for all. He also bought a 6.3-acre empty residential lot at 14 Jennijill Loop, assessed at $30,000, for a mere $7,500.

Randall Courcella of Fort Ann bought a 3.14-acre plot off Harrington Hill Road for $400. It was assessed at $1,300.

Karen Peppin bought a 1.5-acre plot on East Schroon River Rd. in the Town of Horicon for $8,000. Its current assessment is $16,200.

Walter Meinecke of Lake George bought two plots on Olmstedville Road totaling 26.8 acres, assessed for a sum of $47,000. Meinecke bid $13,100 for the two.

Warren County Real Property Tax Services Director Michael Swan said that there were 38 registered bidders and a half-dozen spectators at the auction.

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