Old Shelby General Hospital property sold to highest bidder
The old Shelby County General Hospital property could have a new owner once money changes hands and the deed is transferred.
The high bidder during a Monday morning auction was Kelby McCall of Lufkin with a bid topping the minimum bid of $150,000 by $1. McCall was represented at the public bidding on the property by J.B. Raymond who placed the bid of $150,001 on McCall's behalf.
In addition to Raymond being present at the auction, representing the county were Allison Harbison, Shelby County Judge, and Tom Bellmyer, Pct. 4 County Commissioner.
The sale includes about a 7-acre tract of land fronting Hurst Street along with the former hospital structure.
McCall is a principal with Lufkin-based McCall Development and Construction. He is also a partner in Center's Raymond Motor Co., along with Virgil McCall.
The McCalls entered into the Raymond Motor partnership early in 2019. McCall is also a principal in the Lufkin-based Kalli Hotels.
While the property should be a prime piece of real estate with its frontage on the high-traffic Hurst Street location, officials also have said it comes with a pricy liability in the form of having asbestos, which will require expensive abatement when the building is either demolished or renovated.
In discussing the sale of the property at previous Shelby County Commissioners' Court meeting, county officials have estimated the expense of that asbestos abatement at as much as $400,000.
Harbison earlier said the terms of the sale outlined in bid packet information stressed the property was being sold “as is.”
For the county, Harbison said there are several advantages in selling the idle property.
“You have to consider the amount we're saving by not having to do the asbestos removal and abatement ourselves” at taxpayer expense, Harbison said. By selling the property the county will be releasing itself from liability tied to the aging facility while putting the site back on the tax rolls, she said.