Onset Fire District to sell old police sub-station

Feb 16, 2021

The Onset Fire District will be selling the building formerly used as a summer police station in Onset.

At the Feb. 11 Prudential Committee meeting, Frank Basler of the Plymouth County Commissioners talked the committee through the process of selling the property, located at 240 Onset Ave.

The law regulates how municipal property can be sold, including details about how the property can be advertised. That’s where Basler comes in — he thinks the sale will take about 40 hours of work over about three months, which would cost the district about $2,000. 

“We do consulting like this quite a bit,” Basler said.

The district can choose to stipulate what type of buyer will be allowed to purchase the property and what uses will be allowed.

The building, owned by the Onset Fire District, has just under 1,300 square feet of usable space, and was valued by the town assessor’s office at $212,600.

The Wareham Police Department has not used the building in several years. The building sat empty for about six years before first being used by the police department in the summer of 2012.

The district previously tried to sell the building in 2016, but did not receive any letters of interest.

The Prudential Committee voted unanimously to start the sale process.