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Auction of Williamstown's Orchards Hotel Postponed to February
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:10PM / Wednesday, January 18, 2023
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The real estate auction of a closed Main Street hotel again was postponed late Tuesday, fewer than 24 hours before the scheduled sale.
The 49-room Orchards Hotel has been closed since March 2020 and did not reopen for business after the economy restarted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boston's Daniel P. McLaughlin and Co. Auctioneers has advertised public auctions several times starting in the summer of 2021.
The most recent, for Wednesday at 10 a.m., still was on the auctioneers' website at midday Tuesday. But currently, the auction is listed as being rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m., at 206 Adams Road; the Orchards' 2.7-acre property lies between Main Street (Route 2) and Adams Road.
Attempts to reach the Boston auctioneer on Wednesday morning were unsuccessful. The office phone number listed on its website is out of service.
According to the advertisement for the auction, the Orchards property includes a 32,000 square foot building and a full service restaurant and gym.
The property has an assessed value of $1.857 million, according to the town's fiscal 2023 tax roll.
The terms for the auction listed on the McLaughlin website indicate that the successful bidder at auction will be required to deliver a $25,000, non-refundable deposit at the conclusion of the auction and that "all sales are final."
A March 2021 article in the Williams College student newspaper reported that the school had an interest in acquiring the defunct hotel property for the purpose of adding to its faculty housing stock. A college administrator told the Williams Record at the time that the owner of the hotel had "every intention" of reopening as a hotel.
Lender MountainOne Bank filed a foreclosure notice against HCC Orchards LLC in spring 2021.
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