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3/7/2014 6:00:00 AM
Mohave County tries - again - to auction off dilapidated building
At least one person has expressed interest
No one bid the last time the Arnold Plaza building was put up for auction, but Mohave County has heard from at least one potentially interested party. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
No one bid the last time the Arnold Plaza building was put up for auction, but Mohave County has heard from at least one potentially interested party. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
Options and Prices
Mohave County looked at some of the options for the Arnold Plaza building in 2011.

New roof: $200,000

Asbestos removal: $226,000

Demolition: $600,000

Overall refurbish: $2,000,000

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - After a failed first attempt in October, the Arnold Plaza building is up for auction again and county officials are hoping renewed interest in it will lead to its sale.

"We're hoping to get better results this time," said Supervisor Steve Moss, District 5. "Three weeks ago, we got a letter with an offer to buy the building at appraised value. We're required to have a public auction to sell it, so if this man was serious, he will show up, make an offer and it will sell. We've also had other interest in it. There's value in the building and we're hoping someone else can use it."

The Daily Miner requested the letter, but a county official said state law allows the letter to remain confidential until the building is sold.

The county building, located at 301 and 303 Oak Street, received no bids when the Mohave County Board of Supervisors placed it on the auction block last year. The bidding started at $65,000 for the 23,000 square foot dilapidated commercial building situated in downtown Kingman.

The public auction will take place at 10 a.m. April 7 in the Mohave County Administration Building auditorium, 700 W. Beale St. All interested bidders must register prior to the meeting, beginning at 9:15 a.m., at the auditorium entrance. Complete contact information and confirmation of funds by bank letter or its equivalent is required during registration.

The property will be sold "as is" to the highest bidder, with the opening bid starting at $65,000 - the building's appraised value.

Arnold Plaza, owned by the county for more than 25 years, has been in mothballs since the Mohave County treasurer's and assessor's offices moved out in 2005. According to the appraiser's report, the building needs a new roof, ceilings, carpet, doors, windows, lighting, bathroom fixtures, heating/air conditioning units and paint.

It also contains an unknown amount of asbestos and mold. Because of its condition, the building is not currently habitable.

The board decided to demolish the building several years ago, but the county ran into problems with the demolition contract in 2012 and ended up throwing it out. The new five-member board, which took office in January 2013, asked county staff to re-examine the situation and provide the board with all options for getting the property off their hands.

"We want to make absolutely sure that if anyone has any significant interest in the building, they get a chance to bid on it," said Supervisor Gary Watson, District 1. "I've done everything I could to rectify this situation over the years, including trying to tear the building down, but I was stopped. This new board doesn't want to spend anything more on it. So we're putting it up for auction again."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Article comment by: Jack a Lope

why would a bulding, built by doc Arnold as an office bulding/strip mall, back in the late 60s be considered a historical building.

Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Article comment by: Nelson Munz

Tear it down and make use of it with a green space.

Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Article comment by: concerned citizen

$200,000 to re-roof a 23,000 sq ft "commercial" building is just about right. We are used to residential buildings to re-roof. This is commercial, with different load requirements, different sheeting, different trusses involved which may have to be replaced.

Also, the requirements from the city make it a little different on labor standards, extra manpower, extra time for equipment placement. Oak street cannot be closed so the machinery and other items will have to used in a different manner. All of which costs more money and time, my friends.

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014
Article comment by: historic vs safety

while your tearing it down go on down andy devine and tear down the Beale hotel. it too is dilapidated and a safety hazzard.

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014
Article comment by: Chicken Dancer

I hope it does sell because if not the county will tear it down eventually just like the historic hospital. The county doesn't maintain any of their properties, never have, thats why they build new castles everywhere. Just wait, we all see how they handle this and next will be our grand, historic court house. Its ready to start crumbling too because of band-aid maintenance policies at the county. The courthouse will be next on their list, just wait and watch and cry because they only see new buildings as a solution.
I hope someone with foresight and power can act now before it's too late.

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014
Article comment by: Give it Away

The county just went out to bid for free property for the morgue.
This would be perfect.

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014
Article comment by: Cliff Foster

The county should tear the building down, abate the asbestos, and level the lot as the nearby City and Catholic church might then be interested in purchasing the cleared parcel. The problem with an as-is sale of the property is precisely that the building is likely to remain "as is". The anonymous buyer will likely hold on to the property without investing in it and thus further blight the neighborhood.

The County allowed the building to deteriorate. The least the County could do is bring it up to their own codes before offloading it as community's problem.

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014
Article comment by: BOS - No Desire to Preserve History

Looks like we'll end up with another empty lot. Just like when the county tore down Kingman's first hospital which was last use as a sheriff station. The building was wedged between LWHS & Metcalf Park. The board voted to tear it down. So in short order the bulldozers swept down and demolished the building which was listed on the National Historic Register.

$2 mil to rehab this building - nahh. No way. $200,000 to reroof a 23,000 sq ft building. That's over $8.50 each sq. ft. Even repairing any major defaults the cost is at least 1/3 more than what a competitive bid would be. I'm also doubtful of the asbestos removal estimate. How thorough was the county staff in obtaining these estimates? You know the easiest, quickest way is the county way. BOS needs to ask staff to come with at least 3 estimates of what needs to be done to allow the building to be occupied by the coroner. Instead the county will loose big bucks on the Arnold Building and end up paying out big bucks to a well connected friend to provide a new coroner's building.

Isn't this building on the National Register of Historic Places? Isn't there some federal and possibly state money to help rehab this building. Oh, that's right the county doesn't want to mess with things like that. Just tear it down.

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014
Article comment by: Trained Observer

And people will be even more enthusiastic about buying after the Miner describes it as "dilapidated."

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