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Auction draws no bidders for Forest Grove Post Office building

Due to either a lack of awareness or a lack of interest, no bids were made during Friday's auction of the Forest Grove Post Office property.

NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - An attempt to auction off the U.S. Post Office buildling in Forest Grove fell flat Friday afternoon as no one bid on the opportunity. Ownership will be retained by the Atlantic Postal Credit Union, at least for now.Under cloudy skies Dec. 18 on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse in Hillsboro, a representative of Portland law firm Farleigh Wada Witt took the role of auctioneer, quietly reading the legal notice of auction to two reporters.

Earlier, representatives of the Forest Grove company Caring Places Management stopped by to see what the asking price would be, but after the auctioneer –– who refused to provide her name –– set the starting bidding price at $392,949.63, they quickly bowed out.

“Tearing down the post office would have been an option,” said Marvin Pratt, CEO of Caring Places, an assisted-care company that owns buildings all over Oregon, including the Beehive and Hawthorne House in Forest Grove. “But the current lease by the U.S. Postal Service is of unknown value. On the long-term, who’s to say what could be done with the property?”

Caring Places has purchased the former Ruralite building on A Street in Forest Grove, which sits around the corner from the post office on 21st Avenue.

According to U.S. Postal Service spokesman John Friess, the USPS will establish a new lease with whoever the new property owners are and will also explore a number of repairs to the building.

As Pratt walked away from the auction, the auctioneer read a notice that the Atlanta Postal Credit Union would retain ownership of the Forest Grove Post Office –– until the next auction, it seems.


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