November 16, 2011

Two bidders fight for former Air Force land, buildings

MOSCOW -- Two bidders so far are competing for the nearly 1,500 acres and several large buildings that once held the Air Force's Over-the-Horizon-Backscatter radar system.

As of late afternoon Tuesday, bidder 1 had placed $110,000 in the online auction held on the U.S. General Services Administration's website. Bidder 2 had placed $120,000.

The bidders are not named on the site, realestatesales.gov. The auction for the property, which once held equipment that scanned from Greenland to Cuba for approaching Soviet missiles and planes, does not yet have an end date.

There 1,494-acre parcel off Stream Road Extension that's up for auction has three warehouse-style buildings and one garage-style building with a total of 43,000 square feet of space.

The land used to house a radar system that was developed in the 1970s, built in the 1980s and shut down in the 1990s.

Town officials have expressed relief that something is happening with the property, because it has been tax exempt the whole time.

Erin Rhoda -- 612-2368

erhoda@centralmaine.com

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