Chautauqua County Legislators Looking To Sell Three Buildings

The Chautauqua County Legislature will consider the sale of the South County Office Building on East Fourth Street in Jamestown to Jamestown Rental Properties for $1.7 million. Services provided by county Health and Human staff would stay in the building as the county would agree to a 10-year lease.

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County legislators will consider requests to sell three county-owned buildings to a private business this month.

The South County Office Building on East Fourth Street in Jamestown, the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center on Turner Road in Ellicott and the Sherman Shop Maintenance Facility on Route 430 are among the facilities proposed to be sold to Jamestown Rental Properties, LLC.

Discussions began months ago into the potential sale of the South County Office Buildings due to needed repairs to the structure and a desire to place it back on the tax rolls. After sending out a request for proposal, Jamestown Rental Properties came in with a offer to buy the facility for $1.7 million.

“We’re looking to put that building on the tax rolls in the city of Jamestown,” said County Executive Vince Horrigan. “Financially, we’ve run the numbers for this. Over a 10-year period, we’ll have considerable savings as we avoid large investment in capital costs.”

Health and Human Services personnel would continue to occupy the building with the sale. The county would lease the building for a 10-year period. Rent would be around $591,000 a year with an annual price escalator of 4 percent.

After the 10-year lease is up, the county would have the option to renew the lease for another 10 years.

As for the Frank W. Bratt Center, Horrigan noted the county doesn’t anticipate a future need for the property. A proposal reviewing committee recommended to sell the facility to Jamestown Rental Properties for $75,000.

Work is underway on a new county maintenance facility in the town of Sherman. The county sent out a request for proposal on the old facility. Jamestown Rental Properties came back with an offer to purchase the building for $75,000.

“To be able to sell the old Sherman shop building is a huge benefit as well as selling the Bratt building,” Horrigan said. “All of this (would) put them back on the tax rolls.”

County legislators on the Public Facilities, Administrative Services and Audit and Control committees will review the proposals. If a committee approves the sale requests, they will go before the full County Legislature at the Sept. 27 meeting.