A building on the corner of Western Avenue and Quail Street in Albany that used to be the home to some popular restaurant/bar businesses was seized by Albany County, and it could’ve been yours, if you submitted a bid to buy the building.

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For many years, the building, which is the area known as The College Ghetto, housed The Lamp Post, LP’s Night Club and more recently, Professor M. Barley’s. Albany County seized the building, which takes up the whole block of Quail Street between Elberon Place and Western Avenue, for a tax debt of $650,000 dollars.

There are other businesses that are still tenants in the building including a hair salon, D.P. Dough Pizza, Sabatino’s Liquor Store, as well as a couple of others. The owner of two businesses submitted bids to purchase the building. That was a bid for more than $900,000 dollars, which was made by the owner of Sabatino’s Liquor Store and Esha Convenience Mart.

According to the article from The Times Union, there were a few other bids for the building which included one made by the previous owner. The building will officially be put up for auction sometime next week.

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