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Washington DOT auctioning ski-cabins; Deals start at $10

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Front Lodge - Minimum bid of $100 Front Lodge - Minimum bid of $100
One of the cabins up for sale - Minimum bid of $10 One of the cabins up for sale - Minimum bid of $10

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Transportation is auctioning off 22 cabins, one manufactured home and a lovely wood lodge Wednesday, August 19. Walk-throughs are scheduled for Monday. Minimum bids start at $10.

"It is not uncommon for WSDOT to reuse dirt, concrete or gravel, but it's unusual that we offer up for sale two dozen buildings that sit on recently purchased private property," said Lorena Eng, WSDOT Regional Administrator.

WSDOT purchased 3.4 acres of property along Highway 542 east of Glacier as part of an $11.7 million project to tear down an older, low clearance bridge over Gallup Creek. Crews will replace the bridge with one that will better withstand the heavy toll winter takes on this state highway.

On Monday, August 17, WSDOT will open all the cabins for a walk-through so prospective buyers can take a look. The actual auction is Wednesday with bidding starting at 10 a.m.

"The minimum bid on most of the cabins is $10. The lodge will start at $100. Most of the cabins have new vinyl windows. There's a deal right there!" said Cris Blankenship, WSDOT Real Estate Services.

Once the cabins are sold, buyers have until Sept. 30 to remove them from the property. The $11.7 million bridge replacement project is scheduled to be complete by 2011.

WSDOT bought the Glacier Creek Lodge for $744,500, which included all the cabins and their contents. Now the cabins must move to make way for the new bridge. WSDOT estimates it would cost more than $110,000 to tear down and haul all of the structures to the landfill.

WSDOT staff determined that auctioning off the cabins to be reused would be the right way to make way for the bridge and save taxpayers money.

"This is a little kinder to the environment," said Blankenship. "Lots of people up here near Glacier have property, but either don't have cabins or want more cabins. They have expressed interest in buying the cabins and moving them to their property."

- WSDOT

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