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Lockport offers house in exchange for 3-year commitment

The City of Lockport is offering early bidding for a house scheduled to be sold at the city foreclosure auction — but only from buyers who pledge to fix up 11 South St. and live there for at least three years.

Planning and Development Director Brian M. Smith said prospective bidders must call 439-6688, and the city will take the best offer that comes in by noon Nov. 3.

If no one makes an offer, the house will be sold unconditionally along with 28 other properties at the Nov. 4 live auction in the Historic Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave.

"If we get someone willing to live there, it's worth it to us," Smith said. "We're trying to inject homeownership into a neighborhood that doesn't have much of it."

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