Harlem brownstone used as church faces auction

227 Lenox Ave.

Change of plans: Out and About will be posted next week

The bankruptcy auction of a 6,398-sf building configured as a church and including four apartments on Lenox Avenue in Harlem is scheduled for Feb. 2

Among five other properties to be auctioned are a one-bedroom co-op in Castle Village (where I once lived for 10 years) overlooking the Hudson River in Manhattan’s Washington Heights, a four-bedroom single-family home in St. Albans, Queens, and a one-bedroom co-op in Briarwood, Queens.

Springfield Missionary Baptist Church has been the owner of the central Harlem building, which is in need of renovation and lacks a proper certificate of occupancy.

At 227 Lenox Ave. on a lot 26 feet wide and 80 feet deep, the landmarked brownstone is between 121st and 122nd streets one block from Marcus Garvey Park.

With apartments on the upper three levels, the four-story building has seating for 150-200 persons on the ground floor, which has 10-foot ceilings.  The basement is unfinished and has ceilings of little more than six feet high.

The property, which has annual real estate taxes of $8,506 and will be delivered vacant, can be inspected Jan. 18 and 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Prospective buyers must present a $50,000 bank check when registering to bid on the Lenox Avenue building, and they should know that a 6 percent buyer’s premium will be added to the final price.

180 Cabrini Blvd.

The ninth-floor Castle Village apartment, at 180 Cabrini Blvd., #92, has one-bedroom, a bath and a dining foyer in its 900 square feet.  Maintenance is $1,130 a month, including Internet and common laundry.

Also a bankruptcy sale, the ninth-floor unit, which provides great views of the George Washington Bridge, can be inspected by appointment on the 18th and 25th as well.

To bid on the apartment, prospective buyers must present a $25,000 bank check, but there doesn’t appear to be a buyer’s premium going to the auction company.

187-17 119th Dr., St. Albans

Having been owned by the late Dillard Matthews, the St. Albans house was withdrawn without explanation from an estate auction conducted by Queens Public Administrator Lois M. Rosenblatt last month.

It had been scheduled with a minimum bid of $219,000 and has a “suggested” opening bid of $130,000 next month.  The assessed market value is $395,000, a;ccording to the auction company.

With only one and a half baths, the 1,581-sf house built in 1925 has a 714-sf basement, comes with a detached one-car garage and sits on a 3,000- sf lot.

Real estate taxes total $2,938 a year for the property, at 187-17 119th Dr.

There’s a catch: the house is occupied, will not be delivered vacant and cannot be inspected.  But this sale, too, appears unburdened by a buyer’s premium.

In any case, bidders must provide a bank check of $20,000.  No buyer’s premium is mentioned.

In Briarwood at 141-60 84th Road, the Claridge, a guardian ordered the sale of unit #3C, which has monthly maintenance of $680 and an opening bid of $65,000.  Inspection is on Wednesday, the 18th, and one week later 1p.m.-3 p.m.

Prospective buyers must take a $15,000 certified check to the auction and expect to add a 10 percent buyer’s premium to the final price.

Conducting the auction at the LaGuardia Marriott, 102-05 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst, is David R. Maltz & Co. The sale is to begin at 11 a.m.

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Malcolm Carter
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