WEIRTON - Williams Country Club's board of directors has until about 6:30 p.m. Thursday to decide if it will accept the $70,000 bid for a 3.45-acre parcel bordering the No. 11 fairway.
The winning bidder of the property auction Tuesday was local contractor Rob Strobel, who has developed properties on both sides of the Ohio River.
"I found out about it just two days ago," Strobel said after the auction concluded. "I'm always interested in looking for properties where you don't have to build streets and lift stations."
Auctioneer Gary Cain last week had said the property, zoned residential, had been approved for single-family homes or condo-style development.
Strobel said the local condo market ranges from senior citizens looking to downsize from full-sized homes to people who work in Pittsburgh but don't want to tackle the high cost of living there as well as oil and gas people who need somewhere to stay while they're working in the Tri-State Area.
"I walked the property this morning (Tuesday)," he said. "It fits right in with what we did in Steubenville at Mission Pointe."
Mission Pointe is an an upscale patio home subdivision on Eldorado Drive in the Country Club Hills section of Steubenville. Its two- and three-bedroom patio homes measure about 1,500-square feet each and are set up for ease of navigation with one floor, no steps and an open floor plan. Each features a good-sized master bedroom with an en suite - an oversized bath, complete with double basins and separate tub and shower - plus a walk-in closet, 9-foot ceilings and two-car garages.
He said contractors as a whole like to "in-fill" small sites nestled within larger, well-established neighborhoods with "single units or a couple units."
"In a down economy, it's hard to put in hundreds of housing units," he said. "We look for infill (opportunities), where we can put six or eight units in at a time."
A Williams board member says the board had the property appraised, but kept the number under lock-and-key until the auction was completed.
"We get to see the appraisal (now) and decide whether to accept the bid," he said.
As the winning bidder, Strobel also will pay a 10 percent buyer's premium totaling $7,000 in addition to his $70,000 bid.
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