Sunbury Set to Auction House

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SUNBURY -- For the first time in more than a decade, there is a brand new house in Sunbury. The city's redevelopment authority tore down a house that was known as an "eyesore," and crews are almost finished building a new home in its place.

Construction crews spent the day putting the finishing touches on the house on Washington Avenue in Sunbury. It is the first new house built in the city in more than a decade.

The house that used to sit in that spot was town down in September, after the city of Sunbury took possession of the property. City officials said the house had been neglected for years. Neighbors called it an eyesore. Now, a brand new house sits on the lot, paid for by a private donation to the redevelopment authority.

"Pretty neat process. We started, and within two months time we have something we can auction off to the public," said Adam Purdy, Chairman of the Sunbury Redevelopment Authority.

Purdy also said the new house will be auctioned off to a lucky bidder on Saturday. Newswatch 16 got a sneak-peek inside the three bedroom house, which has a gas furnace and central air.

"We kind-of built it with a family in mind hoping it could bring a young family into the area, but also if someone later in life came it would be easy for them to get around," said Purdy.

The people who live in the neighborhood said the house that was there before had rodents, bugs, and was just unpleasant to be around. The neighbors said they are very excited about the new addition to Washington Avenue.

"Now it's beautiful. We're really impressed with it. The city and Mayor Persing have really done a great job," said neighbor Wade Brown.

"Once the city took over the property, I knew it was for the better. This is the end result, and we're all very happy," said neighbor Tom Fetter.

Tom Fetter lives next door to the new house. He looks forward to meeting his new neighbors.

"Basically someone who will take care of the property and maintain everything and be a good neighbor," said Fetter.

The public is invited to step inside the new house on Friday between 3 and 7 p.m. for an open house. If you are interested in buying the home, bidding starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at 202 Washington Avenue in Sunbury.