Adams County officials are “in discussions” with Gettysburg Borough about a county-owned downtown property that was a former magistrate’s office.

In February, commissioners decided to sell the Middle Street property through a public auction this spring.

But now Commissioner Chairman Randy Phiel said the county is “reviewing our options” for the property, which could still call for that public auction.

“There is going to be some action forthcoming,” Phiel said Wednesday. “Right now, we are deciding on a couple of different options.”

Phiel indicated the county is also considering leasing the building, which used to house Magisterial District Judge Matthew Harvey’s office.

Harvey moved from the 34 E. Middle St. property in January to the Adams County Human Services building, 525 Boyds School Road.

There is one thing the county plans to “make happen,” the property “will go back on the tax rolls,” Phiel said

If the property had sold in 2017, it was estimated about $12,000 would have been added to the tax roll, Adams County Tax Services Director Daryl Crum previously said. An additional $2,893 would have been generated for Gettysburg Borough, $2,298 for the county, and $7,594 for Gettysburg Area School District, said Crum.

Gettysburg Borough Manager Charles Gable confirmed the borough is in talks “with the county regarding that property,” but declined to share any further details Thursday.

“That property has been a public use for decades at this point. It would be best served for the community if it were to remain in public use,” Gable said.

The property’s current use “is a public parking facility,” according to Gable.

Gable noted the borough recorded $23,351 in revenue from that lot in 2018. So far this year through last week, the lot generated $8,458, Gable said.

Gable indicated if there is any type of agreement of sale or lease of the property, it would have to go through a public meeting.

A “restricted appraisal” showed the property was estimated at $350,000 for the “fee simple fair market value of the real estate” as of Feb. 24, 2017, according to documents obtained through Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know law.

Crum was the Certified Pennsylvania Evaluator who performed the appraisal and came to the valuation of the property, documents indicated. Crum wrote that the appraisal was considered “restricted” because it was “solely for the use of the Adams County Board of Commissioners.”

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