Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Online auction draws no bids on historic Zephyrhills home

ZEPHYRHILLS — Maybe the prospect of moving the house outweighed the idea of a potential bargain.

Perhaps, once people added up the tally to move the historic house from the edge of Zephyr Park, plus renovations, the cost was simply too daunting.

Whatever the case, despite the minimum bid of only $500, the city of Zephyrhills didn't get a single bid on the two-story vernacular-style home at 38200 Fifth Ave. during its 14-day online auction that ended recently.

While the home generated some telephone inquiries and a couple of showings, city officials are wondering why no one was interested in purchasing the three-bedroom, two-bath home.

The city's Community Redevelopment Agency bought the property, including the land that sits in front of the city tennis courts and adjacent to Alice Hall Community Center, in 2010 for $312,500. The agency intended to use the land to expand the park or its parking.

While some ideas were tossed about for the house, city leaders decided it was best to sell it so someone could restore the 1,665-square-foot historic home, which dates back to 1925 or 1915, according to city records.

"We thought we had a good chance of saving this one," said City Manager Jim Drumm. "We don't have a lot of historic homes left in Zephyrhills."

So, the city will attempt to sell it again.

The house will likely go back on the online auction block again within a week on a site the city sells other surplus property, including vehicles and equipment: publicsurplus.com.

While the original auction advertisement called for the home to be moved within 30 days of the sale, Drumm said that could be negotiable within a reasonable amount of time. A year wait is out of the question, he said.

If the city can't get $500 for it, it might consider a lower bid, Drumm said.

The bottom line is that city officials don't want the home to be torn down or used for scrap.

"You can build a house that looks historical, but it's not history," Drumm said.

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