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Four properties owned by the county are up for public sale as the Carroll government looks to unload surplus real estate.

The Board of County Commissioners is accepting bids for the properties.

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Three are located in Eldersburg — including a 2.63-acre parcel that was the former South Carroll Senior Center along Bartholow Road near Liberty High School, a 0.75-acre lot in Cedar Court and a 0.12-acre property along Md. 26 near the intersection of Emerald Lane. The fourth property is slightly more than 15 acres and lies along Md. 97 across from Carroll Community College in Westminster.

Sealed bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. Friday and will be opened promptly afterward by the county's Bureau of Purchasing.

"The process is similar to a request for a proposal, so the bidding runs like that," Roberta Windham, county spokeswoman, said.

The county will be accepting the highest and most qualified bid for each property. They do, however, also have the right to reject any and all bids submitted and may negotiate with interested parties for the sale of the properties.

All properties are being sold as is. No warranty is offered for any conditions, such as environmental conditions, development rights or any other speculations.

If the county agrees to a bid price, settlement with the interested party will be finalized within 60 days of notification. All costs associated with the settlement, including transfer taxes, documentary stamps and any other necessary purchasing conditions will be the responsibility of the buyer. Taxes associated with the purchase will be adjusted to reflect the date of the settlement, not the date of notification.

Originally, 23 properties were to be sold, Windham said. They were selected by the Department of Public Works, which oversees the maintenance of government-owned property. So far, 13 have been sold, she said.

"The county started selling the properties in June of this year," Windham said. "The county's offering them for sale in batches of four or five at a time."

Some of these properties, such as the lot in Cedar Court, have deeds granted to the county as long as 40 years ago. Many of the properties were purchased by the county for future roadway projects and other various uses, she said. As time went by, plans initially involving these properties were altered or discarded, leaving the sites unused.

"Plans changed so [the properties] were no longer needed," Windham said.

The department began compiling the list of unused properties about a year ago, she said. They needed to identify which projects were unlikely to be utilized and which sites the county should sell.

Windham said she is hopeful that the sale of all 23 properties will be successfully finalized but added that there is no time frame for the sale of all properties — or even if all will be sold.

"We certainly hope they will all be sold, but it depends on who's bidding," Windham said. "We've all used eBay before, and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose."

Reach staff writer Wiley Hayes at 410-857-3315 or wiley.hayes@carrollcountytimes.com.

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Properties for sale:

Cedar Court / Long Meadow lot No. 20

Tax map 74, parcel 456

0.75 acres

5745 Bartholow Road (former school building/senior center)

Tax map 68, parcel 280

7,475-square-foot building on 2.63 acres

Kermisch Property

Tax Map 73, parcel 434

0.12 acres

Barnes & Campus Heights (sold together)

Tax Map 52, parcel 558 A, B, C and D (as recorded on plat book 3 page 74)

and including parcel 613 B Campus Heights (plat book 29 page 161)

15.12 acres

For more information, visit the Carroll County Department of Economic Development's website at http://carrollbiz.org/realestate/surplus.php

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