Keith Lockhart now owns a piece of Bryan history. The Bryan Times today, reports that Lockhart submitted the winning bid of $30,800 Thursday during an open auction of the former Williams County Sheriff’s Office and county jail building in downtown Bryan. Lockhart is a Montpelier construction contractor. He actually bid $28,000 for the building at 218 W. Bryan St. In addition to the bid price, Lockhart also will pay a 10 percent “buyer’s premium” fee.
About 20 people preregistered as bidders. Lockhart said he plans to renovate and then rent out the residential portion of the building, which includes the former sheriff’s office. As for what he plans for the rest of the building, he simply said that he is open for input. The former jail building contains asbestos but Lockhart’s company is licensed as an asbestos removal company, so that isn’t a big problem for him. Lockhart outbid Bryan Real Estate Agent Bart Bacon, who had bid $27,000. Bidding started at $5,000.