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October 27, 2010

NOC Enid accepting bids for historic college building

ENID — A historic building on the Northern Oklahoma College Enid campus is up for sale.

Northern Oklahoma College administration advertised for sealed bids for Clay Hall, the former women’s dormitory on the southwest side of the campus. The  59,800 square-foot building, constructed in 1947, encompasses three floors and a basement. It has been closed more than 20 years.

Tom Poole, interim president of NOC, said there are two reasons the building was advertised.

“We have an inquiry, and the board visited and thought it would be a good time to put it up. It has been closed for 20 years and is becoming an eyesore,” he said.

The board declared the building surplus property and advertised for bids to be opened at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 in the president’s conference room at NOC Tonkawa campus.

Poole was reluctant to say what the possible uses of the building are because he did not want to discourage any potential bidders.

About three acres of land also will be sold with the building so it will not have to be moved from the campus. Poole said the building’s location does not compromise the integrity of the campus as it would if the building were closer to the classroom area.

There is no minimum bid established, and Poole said the regents will need to analyze the bids once they are received to determine whether the building will be sold.

“We thought it’s time we did something with it — it’s been there for 20 years and it’s not getting any better,” he said.

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