Houston & Peach

Former post office, voting site up for sale

This former post office and voting precinct in the Kathleen community of Houston County could soon be up for sale.
This former post office and voting precinct in the Kathleen community of Houston County could soon be up for sale. wcrenshaw@macon.com

A former post office and voting precinct in Houston County is up for sale.

The building has sat vacant for years, but the county still owns it. At Tuesday's County Commission meeting, the board is set to vote to declare the building surplus property. Sealed bids will be taken.

The building is at 1052 Ga. 247 in the Kathleen community. It is next to a convenience store at the intersection of Ga. 127. It sits on a third of an acre, and the tax assessors office has it valued at $64,400.

Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said the building had previously been a post office and was a voting precinct until that precinct moved to Veterans High School a few years ago. The county no longer has a need for the building, he said.

Mark Baker, the county purchasing agent, said in a few days he will post details of how to bid on the property on the county's website at www.houstoncountyga.org. Click on the "Business" tab at the top of the page and then scroll to the purchasing department link.

A sign with information on how to bid will also be placed in front of the building. Baker said he isn't sure about the current condition of the building, but he said the county has continued to maintain it.

In a separate bid Baker said the county is also re-offering a 1-acre tract on Moody Road that the board had declared as surplus in March. No one bid on it at that time, so the county is offering it again. The tract is at 3008 Moody Road, just south of Ga. 96 across from Georgia Cooling. It was acquired during right-of-way acquisition for the widening of Moody Road.

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