The former Garda Station on Roche’s Road in Wexford is going for auction on the open market at a guide price of €650,000 for the station building and two adjoining semi-detached houses.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) which owns the property has instructed Sherry Fitzgerald Radford to bring it to auction in one lot, five years after it became vacant following the opening of a new divisional Garda Station at the Folly, Mulgannon in September 2017.
Local councillors have expressed concern about the building being left to fall into dereliction.
The auction is due to be held in the offices of Sherry Fitzgerald Radford in Westgate, Wexford at 12 pm on February 9, 2023 when online bidding will also be available.
The property includes the station building measuring 440 square metres with a yard and outbuildings and two semi-detached houses of 75 square metres each, which had been used as administrative space.
John Radford said the location of the property, a few hundred metres from the Main Street in Wexford town is “outstanding”. The area is zoned town centre and has a broad range of potential uses including commercial and residential.
"The main thing is that it is going to be put to use instead of being left idle”, he said.
Independent Wexford councillor Leonard Kelly who has been pushing for action on the unoccupied building said he is delighted to finally seen an end in sight.
"What we don’t want to see is dereliction in our town. I’ve had to fight in order to get the OPW to maintain this building in the past and now it’s about getting it back in use, be it commercial or housing”, he said.
"It's a prime site in our town centre and it's shameful that it's been left empty for five years. Having said that, I'm glad that this is reaching a conclusion and I hope that it will be back into some form of use sooner rather than later."