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Deadline for second chance to buy Ogdensburg’s Lincoln Elementary looms

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OGDENSBURG - Those interested in submitting a purchase offer on the former Lincoln Elementary School at 1515 Knox St. have until Thursday to submit an official bid proposal on the property, according to district business manager Jeffrey R. Swanson.

The 26,266-square-foot building is appraised at $152,500, according to officials.

The district closed the school, which formerly accommodated students in kindergarten through first-grade, at the end of June. Students in those grades will now attend John F. Kennedy Elementary School, which has gone through a major expansion and renovation.

In addition to closing Lincoln, the district previously closed Sherman Elementary School on Franklin Street. The Sherman building was sold last year for $20,000 after school officials unsuccessfully tried to market the facility for $250,000. The structure is now being turned into a bed and breakfast, coffee house and community center by a private developer.

Thursday’s deadline marks the Ogdensburg School District’s second attempt this year to place the former Lincoln School building and lot into private hands. The district previously accepted bids from the end of May through June 12, but no offers were submitted, according to Mr. Swanson.

He said the lack of public interest prompted the district to drop a previous requirement for a minimum bid. School officials had previously sought a minimum bid of $300,000 on the property.

“This time we’ve taken the minimum bid off,” Mr. Swanson said.

Mr. Swanson said because there is no longer a minimum bid requirement, the building’s future rests in the hands of the district’s Board of Education, which will make the final decision on whether to accept or reject any offers.

He declined to say how many prospective buyers have submitted bid applications for the school building this time around, but said there has been some interest in the property.

“People have taken tours,” Mr. Swanson said.

The latest round of bidding on Lincoln will officially end Thursday at 10 a.m. Bid applications are available at the district superintendent’s office and those interested in taking a tour of the school building and surrounding 2.21 acre campus can call 315-393-0900, Mr. Swanson said.

According to previous estimates, the district will save $11,300 annually from closing Lincoln school.

The building was constructed in 1921 and is located in a mostly residential neighborhood.

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