2017-08-05 / News

Hubbard’s Annex Lots Receive No Bids

By Cathryn Lien

There were no bidders for three undeveloped Hubbard’s Annex lots being sold by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, so they will be sold at a one-day auction, a date yet to be determined. The park commission, last month, had solicited sealed bids for the lots, for which the commission had no use. Together, the three lots comprise one-half acre, but would not be buildable without a zoning variance from the city.

At a July 28 meeting of the park commission, Assistant Michigan Attorney General Nate Gambill said he and Historic Parks Director Phil Porter will work with the Department of Natural Resources to retain a contractor to hold a one-day auction sometime in the future.

Last month, the park commission put the three lots up for bid as a single parcel. They were offered for sale to put them in private hands and on Island tax rolls, as well as produce revenue for Mackinac State Historic Parks.

The tax reverted property came to the park commission in 1944 through the State of Michigan when the prior owners failed to pay property taxes on them.

Lots 4, 5, and 6 along Lake View Boulevard in the Annex were priced at a minimum sealed bid of $248,000. The trapezoidal three-lot parcel is roughly 150 feet by 150 feet, or a little more than one-half acre. The price may be lowered the second time around.

Hubbard’s Annex is a private subdivision, governed by the City of Mackinac Island.

The decision to sell the three parcels grew out of some complications involving ex-Gov. William Milliken’s decision to sell his nearby Island home. A survey in preparation for that sale revealed the Milliken house, around the corner on Holt Street, had encroached on a fourth parcel, Lot 7, which runs across behind the other three and also is owned by the park commission. (See story in June 24 issue.)

Commissioners agreed to sell Mr. Milliken Lot 7 for $81,900 and solicited sealed bids for the other three lots with a bid deadline of July 27.

Mr. Porter speculated prospective buyers were hesitant to bid owing to the size of the parcel. A minimum lot size of one acre is required for a residential home there, which is in the city’s cottage zoning district. A variance would be needed to build on the parcel, and bidders would have to take a chance they could get one.

The property for sale is at the intersection of Lake View Boulevard and Holt Street, just beyond the West Bluff near historic cottages built mostly between 1870 and 1890 and with a sweeping view of the Straits of Mackinac, a desirable location.

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