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Want to buy a police station? Here’s your chance

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    The former Hudson Police Station at 427 Warren St. is up for auction on Monday at City Hall, 520 Warren St.
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    The former police station once served as the office of New York Telephone Co.
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    The police chief’s office at the former Hudson Police Station on 427 Warren St. Amanda Purcell/Columbia-Greene Media
June 6, 2019 06:17 pm Updated: June 6, 2019 11:45 pm

HUDSON — The former Hudson Police Station on Warren Street is heading to the auction block Monday.

The auction will be held at 3 p.m. at City Hall, 520 Warren St.

The old police station measures 4,590 square feet in area and includes a one-story brick and concrete structure with an underground parking garage, according to Columbia County property records.

Much of the interior is outdated, and whoever is likely to purchase the building is likely to gut the interior, Moore said.

Mayoral Aide Don Moore has been scheduling tours of the building ahead of the auction. Four prospective buyers took tours of the property before noon on Thursday, Moore said. Anyone interested in more information about the property is asked to call Moore at 518-828-7217.

Before it served as the city’s police station, the building had been the office of the New York Telephone Co. The building served for many years as the headquarters for the Hudson Police Department before the department moved to 701 Union St. in April 2017.

Much of the building has fallen into disrepair over the years. The old station includes a former police chief’s office, courtroom, holding cell and evidence locker.

The city initially attempted to sell the property through a sealed-bid process. The minimum bid was set at $300,000. No bids were submitted before the deadline in March, so the city decided to put the station on the auction block.

The sale to a private owner would add to the city’s tax revenue. The property was assessed in 2018 at $550,000, according to Columbia County property records.

Mayor Rick Rector said in November he wanted the proceeds of the sale of the former police building at 427 Warren St. to act as a one-time revenue source to restore funds to the fund balance.

Officials put limitations on the property to ensure it does not sit idle. As part of the restrictions, the property has to be developed or sold within two years after purchase or the new owner will be fined $100,000, according to a resolution the Common Council approved Jan. 15.

“The borrower will be permitted to have residential tenants above the first floor of the subject premises, provided the first floor is operated for legal commercial use,” according to the invitation to bid on the city’s website.

Those stipulations will continue as a condition of the auction purchase, according to the city’s website.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.