Everything will be sold at the former Kumar mansion, which faces the wrecking ball in a little more than a month.
By AARON SHAROCKMAN
Published February 27, 2004
OLDSMAR - Everything must go.
Yes, even the kitchen sink.
After a year spent trying to save the former Kumar mansion, city officials decided in January that the unfinished 1920s hotel on Shore Drive must be demolished.
Now, a little more than a month before the building at 250 Shore Drive E is scheduled to be torn down, city officials are selling off anything that can be salvaged.
"Everything's on the table," said Lynn Rives, the city's parks and recreation director.
Among the most prized possessions available this weekend at a surplus property sale at the vacant residence are a 10- by 30-foot cedar closet, a front and back wet bar, a kitchen island and two huge entryway doors, Rives said. The doors are wood with an ornate glass inset.
Those items will be sold in a silent auction during the weekend. The rest of the property - which includes windows, doors, cabinets, office furniture, appliances and fixtures - will be sold on the spot.
All sales are final.
And "it's negotiable," Rives said.
Two parks and recreation employees were cleaning up the inside of the former mansion Thursday to prepare for the sale. Much of the building has been gutted, and most of the windows and sliding window screens have been removed.
The building is being razed because city officials became worried it would be too costly to renovate.
The city planned to use the mansion, which was constructed as the first floor of a 1920s hotel, for a cultural arts center. But it balked when it heard the renovation plan could cost more than $3-million.
Now the building is housing a red wheelbarrow selling for $25. A rolltop desk will cost $30. Bricks from the home's courtyard are 50 cents apiece.
All proceeds from the sale go into the city's general fund, Rives said.