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OPW to sell Buncrana Garda station 22.01.08

A PRIME piece of real estate will be up for grabs in Buncrana when the Office of Public Works (OPW) puts the old Garda station on the market.
The OPW yesterday confirmed it would be selling off the century-old building that was vacated last year by Gardai who are now in temporary accommodation in Lisfannon. "Our intention is to sell the property in due course but it's early days yet and we will not be putting it on the market until the new Garda station is at a well advanced stage," said an OPW spokesman.
The old Buncrana Garda station. He said while there was no prospect of local Gardai returning to the old building, it would not be policy to sell their premises until they are permanently housed elsewhere.
Brendan McGee of Franklin's estate agents in Buncrana, yesterday described the old station site as a "great location at the heart of the town centre".
However, he said any future buyer would probably have to demolish the building.
"That would be a demolition and redevelopment job and I would imagine it would be best suited to mixed commercial/residential use," he said.
He estimated that, in today's market and subject to a number of variables including planning permission and what's allowed to be developed there, the land was worth in the region of between 550,000 and 850,000.
Meanwhile, the OPW said it would sell the property on the open market to the highest bidder either through a local estate agent or by public tender. The spokesman estimated that it would not go on sale for at least a year to 15 months.
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