Army Reserve Center up for sale in Chester
By Christian Avard
Staff Writer | June 05,2013
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The Chester Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center is being auctioned online to the public.
The U.S. General Services Administration held an open house Tuesday for prospective buyers and bidding on the property starts at $200,000.
CHESTER — The Chester Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center is now on the market for prospective buyers.
The U.S. General Services Administration recently announced the former reserve center on Route 11 in Chester is for sale at an online auction website. The GSA opened the bidding May 16 and it will remain open until a time to be determined, according to GSA real estate broker Giselle Rubiera.
“The bidding just started last week and people are expressing an interest in the building,” Rubiera said.
The GSA held an open house Tuesday at the reserve center and representatives met with visitors and potential buyers. Rubiera said eight people visited the facility and were asking questions about what the property has to offer.
“People are talking about it and they’re impressed,” Rubiera said. “The facility is in excellent condition and people are taking invitation for bids information with them when they leave.”
The army reserve center was built in 1961 and was in use until 2011, according to Rubiera. The reserve center is 14,693 square feet, situated on 3 acres of land and has a 169-by-96-foot L-shaped structure with a drill hall and firing range.
The facility has several administrative offices, classrooms, kitchen, arms vault, storage rooms and more. The reserve center also includes a maintenance shop, which is a 48-by-28-foot garage encompassing 1,330 square feet.
The U.S. Army gave the property a stamp of approval and was determined environmentally sound for selling. Rubiera said the sale is part of GSA’s ongoing efforts to dispose of excess properties, save taxpayer dollars and make more efficient use of the government’s real estate assets.
Bob Flint, executive director of the Springfield Regional Development Corporation, has been working with the U.S. Army Reserves to put the Chester reserve center on the market. He assisted with Army’s appraisal division and provided them with information on the regional economy.
Flint is optimistic that a buyer will step forward, once the word spreads that the property is for sale in Chester.
“It’s a good-sized building that’s in good shape and on a highway. Those are not as easy to find as one would think,” Flint said. “It’s right on Route 11, just out of the main community and it’s a flat piece of land, which in Vermont is not always a given.”
The starting minimum bid for the reserve center is $200,000 and requires a $25,000 down payment. Higher bids must be made in increments of $5,000.
The next open house is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 19. To make a bid on the property visit www.realestatesales.gov/gsaauctions/aucalsrh or contact Giselle Rubiera at (617) 565-5841 or Giselle.Rubiera@gsa.gov.