Three Harford Road properties in Parkville's business district were sold at auction Thursday morning as part of foreclosure proceedings against their former owner.
Bidding began around 11 a.m. and was concluded by 11:30; the three buildings were sold in two seperate lot by AJ Billig & Company Auctioneers.
The buildings located at 7917 and 7915 Harford Road were sold as a lot to Rich Cohen of Bay Properties for $150,000. The property at 7915 Harford Road is currently occupied by Sipping Pretty Wine Consultants, whose owner Janette Wilson expressed anxiety about the upcoming sale in an interview last week. 7917 Harford Road is currently unoccupied.
Reached for comment by phone, Cohen said that Bay Properties typically buys retail storefronts along main roads and tries to put them to "their best use." He said that the company owns several properties along the Belair Road, York Road, and Liberty Road corridors.
"I intend to build them out and fit in desirable companies; nice retail stuff and maybe an office upstairs," Cohen said. "It's been vacant long enough. It could only be good for the neighborhood."
With regard to Sipping Pretty Wine Consultants, he said that he was willing to work with the current tenant.
"I have no intention of throwing anyone out," he said.
7913 Harford Road, which is currently occupied by Maryland Office Systems, was sold for a sum of $97,000 to a Parkville resident who wished to remain anonymous.