An old school where Belmont students learned lessons for more than 80 years is on sale.
Gaston County began accepting offers for the former Belmont Middle School on North Central Avenue last week and has already received at least a $2.5 million offer from Gastonia-based Pearson Properties.
The 4.5-acre property, valued at $4.6 million according to county tax records, towers over the Central Avenue neighborhood of Belmont near Stowe Park. The old brick schoolhouse offers over 105,000 square feet of space, but became obsolete when the new belmont college opened next to South Point High School in August.
“The bidding will continue as long as the bidding continues,” said Ray Maxwell, director of public works and an employee helping Gaston County oversee the sale of the building.
State law allows for a process that gives others 10 days to outbid each other to purchase public assets.
Belmont residents are particularly interested in what happens to the property for both sentimental and financial reasons. Generations of Belmont residents remember going to school in the building, and the property’s size and location make it suitable for everything from recreational use to a hotel, park from offices to apartments, and many other businesses.
Gaston County controls the sale of the property, but Belmont City Council could have a say in the type of development through zoning regulations.
The sale of the property could also be a financial windfall for the county government.
Gaston County commissioners are expected to vote to accept any sale of the property.
Beatriz Guerrero can be reached at 704-869-1828 or on Twitter @BeatrizGue_.