Rutherford County officials hope to hear “Going once, going twice, sold!” during an auction of the two buildings that comprised the old Judicial Building on the downtown Murfreesboro square.
The county plans to auction the buildings on Thursday, July 30 at 1 p.m. The auction will be on-site at the Bank Building, 22 N. Public Square. The other building up for sale is the Coin Building, 124 N. Maple St.
Deputy Mayor Steve Sandlin is handling details of the auction.
He said the terms are that 10 percent will be paid down as earnest money at the time of the auction. The sale is pending the approval of the Rutherford County Commission on Aug. 13. If the commission approves the sale, the closing will happen on or before Sept. 14.
Sandlin said more information on the auction is online at rutherfordcountytn.gov/auction, including zoning, photos and blueprints.
The old Judicial Building closed on April 30, 2018, to allow courts and clerks to move to the new center, according to a Murfreesboro Post story.
According to the auction website, the buildings were constructed in 1887 and were first dry goods, clothing and furniture stores. There were remodeled in 1924 for a bank. They held the Murfreesboro Battery Service Station and then another service station and restaurant. The county bought the buildings in the 1980s.
Bill Jakes is a real estate broker who specializes in downtown and historic properties and serves on the board of Main Street Murfreesboro and its building and design committee. He said he became involved in the discussion about whether to tear down the Bank and Coin buildings and the Goldstein Building during former County Mayor Ernest Burgess’ term.
The group studying the issue decided it would be a waste to demolish the Goldstein Building, Jakes said. The building was renovated and now houses county offices including the Election Commission and the Building & Codes Department.
The Bank and Coin buildings in the 1930s housed the John Bell real estate office upstairs. The site had multiple buildings including one in the back, Jakes said. The buildings were closed on the College Street side in 1945.