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Long Branch Church Street School On The Auction Block

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LONG BRANCH: In its latest attempt to sell the old Church Street School, the Long Branch School District authorized Max Spann Real Estate Brokerage to go ahead and auction it.

At noon October 8, bidding will commence for the 16,634 square-foot building, on a 1.45-acre lot. At this week's school board meeting, the board agreed to proceed with the auction.

The property is already being promoted on the Max Spann auction site, listed as "by order of the Long Branch School District," and no minimum bid is mentioned.

The school district will still have the right to accept or reject any bids made in the auction, but otherwise hands over the auction process to Max Spann.

The school, located at 465 Church Street, is being promoted at "ready for renovation" and "three blocks from the beach."

Previous attempts by the school district to sell the building failed, with zero bidders coming forward during the district's two attempts. The Church Street School, which has been abandoned for a number of years, was built in 1891 and was the home of the North Long Branch School- Primary No. 3.

May 2014 marked the second unsuccessful attempt to solicit bids for the sale of Church Street and Star of the Sea Annex this year. An earlier attempt for the two schools in January also had zero bids, while approximately two years ago the district was also unsuccessful in finding bidders for the Church Street School.

Long Branch School Superintendent Michael Salvatore has said the school is in need of major repairs that the district is not looking to make itself, and its sale would be a bump in revenue for the district.

The Church Street School auction will be held in South River, NJ, where a school building there is also being auctioned off.

Interested in the property? You can preview the Church Street School from noon to 2 p.m. September 22 and 29. The auction will be held at South River Municipal Building, 48 Washington Street South River, NJ 08882, noon on October 8.

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