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No bids placed on the old Elks Lodge during Thursday’s auction


ZANESVILLE – The former Elks Lodge on Fourth Street failed to attract a single bidder in a Muskingum County Sheriff’s sale on Thursday, and will be auctioned again on July 15. However, four other properties in the auction sold for more than the opening bids.

The old Elks Lodge had a minimum bid of $ 28,400, of which $ 1,100 was due at the time of sale. It was seized by the Muskingum County District Attorney’s Office in March after racking up more than $ 24,000 in unpaid taxes. The building has been unoccupied since 2011, when the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 114 closed it down and put the building up for sale. It failed to sell at an auction soon after.

The building has not been maintained since the Elks left and has been decaying ever since. The building, built in 1910, has a large ballroom on the second floor.

In 2019, the Elks attempted to donate the building to the town of Zanesville and the Muskingum County Commissioners, but both declined the offer.

Thursday’s auction drew nearly two dozen bidders and interested parties to the first floor of the Muskingum County Courthouse.

Of the seven properties offered for sale, four have sold, some attracting lively auctions. Those that did sell went well above the minimum bid.

A house located at 320 Fox Ave. had a starting bid of $ 11,700 and sold for $ 21,000 after several minutes of auctioning.

A house at 10945 Coshocton Road in New Concord had a minimum bid of $ 13,000 and sold for $ 17,000.

Another house at 417 Brighton Blvd. sold for $ 14,000, above the opening bid of $ 9,900.

And the house at 7860 Clay Pike in Chandlersville, which garnered the most attention, sold for $ 140,000. The 40-acre property contained a manufactured home and opened with a minimum bid of $ 92,000.

Two properties – 1002 Sevall St. and 109 Pierce St. – have not been sold.

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