Auction Indian River’s option for New Century Club’s property donation

GEORGETOWN – The two options before the Indian River School District’s board of education were the realtor route or auction.

Indian River School District’s board of education has chosen the auction option for this Georgetown property donation from the New Century Club.

West Pine Street property in downtown Georgetown graciously donated to the school district by the dissolving New Century women’s club is bound for the auction block.

The district assumed ownership of the 10 West Pine Street property following settlement July 19.

The building was once the home of the Georgetown Public Library. More recently it has been leased as office space for the Sussex County Democratic Party, the current tenant.

Joseph Booth, building and grounds supervisor for the IRSD, presented an update at the July 24 board of education meeting.

“I’ve done the initial inspection of the building and the building needs a lot of work to fix up. With the Indian River School District really not needing it for any offices or space, I would recommend a sale of the property,” said Mr. Booth. “My recommendation: Put it up for auction at the appraised value price, with the starting bid at the appraised value price and to sell as is.”

The building tenants were given notification they were to be out of the building in two months.

“I believe a month has passed so we have one more month to go on their lease,” said Mr. Booth. “Not that they are a bad tenant; this frees us up to do something with the property.”

Founded in the late 1800s, the New Century Club is one of the first women’s clubs in the United States and is dedicated to social improvement and charity.

Mr. Booth told the board the New Century ladies “were happy to donate the property to the district. They donated it without any strings attached.”

“They wanted the district to enjoy the benefit of asset or money. They wanted the school district to have access to whatever the value is,” said Mr. Booth. “They are completely divesting. They have $6,000 in their checking account. They are donating that to two schools as well in the Georgetown area.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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