Lehigh Valley station in Geneva NY for sale

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Lehigh Valley station in Geneva NY for sale

Postby Otto Vondrak » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:15 am

On Craigslist? Asking $60,000? Is this something new?

http://rochester.craigslist.org/for/3258219570.html

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Re: Lehigh Valley station in Geneva NY for sale

Postby joshuahouse » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:23 am

I'm not sure if it's new or not, but Craigslist is about the last place I'd consider buying "stock" in a building.
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Re: Lehigh Valley station in Geneva NY for sale

Postby Bethlehem Jct. » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:17 am

I never stopped to think what was the largest on line station that the LV built, but I guess Geneva would be it. However, I think a strong argument can made that the former passenger stations in both Allentown and Wilkes-Barre were far more ornate.
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Re: Lehigh Valley station in Geneva NY for sale

Postby scottychaos » Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:07 pm

Geneva is the "largest and most ornate L.V. station built by the railroad on its line from New York City to Buffalo, N.Y." ?
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Re: Lehigh Valley station in Geneva NY for sale

Postby Bethlehem Jct. » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:19 pm

I thought of Buffalo too, but I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt in that that were referring to on line stations and not terminals. While Buffalo was the largest station, I still would argue that the Victorian era stations in Allentown and Wilkes-Barre were more ornate.
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Re: Lehigh Valley station in Geneva NY for sale

Postby RussNelson » Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:45 pm

That would be this station: http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/108707281 . Interesting. $60K for a fifth interest in the building. So they're valuing it at $300,000. I wonder upon what basis they assign that value? Some other large building in Geneva? Another railroad station of similar vintage and size, say, Middletown O&W (pre-fire, of course). And while Geneva may be the site of the NYS Experimental Agriculture station, and Hobart and William Smith colleges, it's not exactly a boom-town.

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Re: Lehigh Valley station in Geneva NY for sale

Postby Bethlehem Jct. » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:58 am

The Craigslist ad did mention 6 acres of land. Frankly, the land is probably more valuable than the building, which has few practical uses as is.
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Re: Lehigh Valley station in Geneva NY for sale

Postby lvrr325 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:17 pm

$60,000 seems cheap for that building. When I was in it some 10-12 years ago, the floor in the waiting room had been repaired and was used as a workshop; we went all through most of it - some of the second floor was divided off and rented out as apartments.
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Re: Lehigh Valley station in Geneva NY for sale

Postby Paul Miller » Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:46 pm

that building and locale would make a great place for a railroad museum. plenty of parking and the history of the building itself. hope they preserve it .
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Re: Lehigh Valley station in Geneva NY for sale

Postby CPSD40-2 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:23 am

I was inside about 10 years ago, and it was in pretty good condition all things considered. The apartments upstairs weren't anything spectacular, and the same aforementioned workshop was set up on the first level. Some quick digging through public records shows it was owned by "Lehigh Station, Inc", and the business owner being the same gentleman that showed me around years back. However, in the parcel history, it shows there was a deed done in 2002 to a company called "Black River Royalties" which appears to be based in Wellsville, NY and involved in domestic oil exploration. Regardless of who owns it though, it is assessed for $80,000.
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