After more than two months on the market, the Warren House — a dilapidated North Water street building owned by the town — has attracted no bids.
Town administrator Pamela Dolby told the Edgartown selectmen the news Monday, although she said she did receive phone calls about the property on Monday, after the bid deadline had passed.
The town listed the sale in the central registry and was accepting sealed bids at a minimum of $2.5 million. The town purchased the circa-1792 home in 2004 for $3.5 million, with plans to use it as part of an expansion of the public library next door.
But those plans proved unfeasible, and the building, which once served as an inn, is now in disrepair, with mold inside and peeling paint outside.
Mrs. Dolby said she would talk to counsel in early December about other options, and whether the town could offer the house to brokers or list it on the LINK real estate website.
The next day at a library building design committee meeting, there was talk of improvements to the house. “It looks like a dump,” Laurence A. Mercier said, calling for an effort to make the building more “respectable.”
In other business, the selectmen approved Atlantic Fish and Chop House’s application to serve liquor at new outdoor seating outside the lower Main street restaurant.
Sean Murphy, representing the restaurant, said that the restaurant already had approval for the outdoor seating, and he acknowledged that it would be a little tight for pedestrians in the part of the private sidewalk where the seating will be located. He said the zoning board of appeals will review the seating at the end of next season.
Alan Gowell spoke against the idea, saying that outdoor seating on the busy sidewalk would make it hard for people to get by without walking into the street. “I don’t think it can be done,” Mr. Gowell said. “I don’t think there’s space here for this expanded use.”
But selectmen said that with existing planters, lamps and trees on the sidewalk, that situation already exists.
The selectmen approved the liquor application 2-0, with chairman Michael Donaroma excusing himself from the discussion.
The selectmen also approved an aquaculture license for Francis Fisher 3rd, and approved the Harborside Inn’s application to put a roll-out dumpster on South Water street for construction work during the work week from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30. Mrs. Dolby stipulated that the dumpster be removed by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, before the Thanksgiving weekend, and be removed by the same time on Friday, Nov. 30.
The selectmen accepted wastewater commissioner Cliff Karako’s resignation with regret and their thanks.
There was a moment of silence at the end of the meeting for Ralph Case, a longtime town employee and veteran of the Edgartown fire department who died on Nov. 15.