“All right, ladies and gentlemen, let’s start the auction,” said Mike Lewis, with CWS Marketing.
This crowd was there to bid on half a dozen properties on the block as part of an Internal Revenue Service seizure.
He jokingly started at $500,000.
Ever the optimist, he still got no takers.
Dropping down to $25,000, the bidding took off for the property at 308 S. Alta Vista St.
It took less than 10 minutes to finish the bidding as the price raised a $1,000 at a time.
Winning bid went to Eidan Cano with E.C. Contracting.
His purpose – buy the property as an investment.
“I am going to either rent it out or sell it,” he said.
As a contractor, Cano said that he doesn’t shy away from fixer-up properties. This time, he got lucky. This one is in good shape.
“It is a nice house in a nice neighborhood,” he said.
While there were other homes on the list for sale, it was a small business lot and building that were drawing the attention of bidders.
The property, the former location of Carlos Garcia’s Tire Shop, started with a bid $25,000.
That’s a meager amount of money for the business property at 511 E. Houston Highway.
But, bidding didn’t stop and escalated quickly in $5,000 increments.
Eventually, it topped out at $160,000.
This time it was Carl Easley who had the winning bid.
What does he have planned?
“Bulldoze it,” he said. “It will be a good parking lot.”
Behind the property is a hamburger business that is owned by Garcia.
A small two-car shop sits in the middle of the property.
“That thing leaks so much water you can’t do anything with it,” he said.
He declined to elaborate on his intentions, saying only, “We will call it a surprise.”
Easley said that he was aware of the tires being stored in the business and behind it.
“Those belong to Carlos,” he said looking at the man in the cowboy hat and sunglasses sitting beside him inside the home that was already auctioned off.
The five residential and one business property listed in the auction were owned by Casimiro “Casey” Salinas, who was sentenced about year ago in federal court after he pleaded guilty to two counts of the original multi-count drug indictment.
In the case of the business, it was only the physical location and not the business owned by Garcia that was seized.
His plea was an admission to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, along with engaging in money laundering.
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5221, or at editor@mySouTex.com.