College to sell houses, with a catch: new owners must move them soon

Two homes Mesa State is selling to move off of the lot 1335 and 1325 Houston Avenue.

Mesa State College will take whatever it can get for eight homes it owns near the campus, but whoever the new owners are need to remove the homes from the properties by May 1.

“The land is not for sale,” said Dana Nunn, spokeswoman for the college. “If you buy the house, you have to move it.”

The college real estate foundation has been acquiring the properties in the 900 blocks of Texas and Elm avenues and 1300 blocks of Houston and Cannell avenues for the past 10 years, Nunn said, with the intention of turning the properties into parking lots when they were cleared.

Mesa State tried a few months ago to put the homes up for auction, she said, but the buyers did not clear the properties.

Sealed bids for the homes will be accepted until 11 a.m. March 27 at the Mesa State Purchasing Department, 1260 Kennedy Ave. At that time, the bids will be publicly opened.

If the college fails to sell the homes, Nunn said it will explore other options to clear the properties, including demolishing the houses and parting them out.


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