LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Two vacant Lee County School District buildings will be auctioned off on May 15th. The Dr. James A. Adams Facility and the Weaver Hipps Complex will be sold individually to the highest bidder.
The 58,000 square foot Adams Facility at 2055 Central Avenue is the former district headquarters. The building is named after Lee County Superintendent James Adams, who was fatally shot outside his office by former Cypress Lake Middle School teacher Larry Shelton in 1994. Shelton then killed himself in the parking lot.
The 41,000 square foot Weaver Hipps Complex at 2160 Alicia St., consists of four buildings of combined office and warehouse space. It’s named for Deputy Superintendent Weaver Hipps, who died of a heart attack in 1988.
The district put the buildings up for sale in 2007. Since that time, they've spent between $85,000-$100,000 every year on upkeep and utilities. The money for maintaining them comes from county tax dollars.
"We've had serious buyers come in, but when it comes right down to the final money part of it, they just couldn't come up with funding," school district planner Dawn Huff said.
The Fisher Auction Company is conducting the auction on May 15th at 11 A.M. in the Lee County School District Boardroom at 2855 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.
"Everybody competes on the same level, on the same terms and conditions," Fisher Auction Company President Lamar Fisher said.
A minimum bid has not been set, though the highest bid will be submitted to the school board for final approval. Bidders are required to deposit $100,000 for the Adams Facility on auction day. The deposit for the Hipps Complex is $50,000.
"The school board is extremely motivated to sell these properties and so if there's anyone out there that is looking to buy, it's time to buy now," Fisher said.
Fisher said there are already several interested buyers, most of them local.
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