South End Marina going to auction

May 8, 2013 Updated May 8, 2013 at 7:46 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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South End Marina going to auction

May 8, 2013 Updated May 8, 2013 at 7:46 AM EDT

A landmark grain mill along the Buffalo waterfront is heading to the auctioneer's block and it is already attracting a far amount of interest from perspective bidders.

Bill Mackey, a retired Buffalo firefighter, and former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Fred Langdon - owners of South End Marina on Fuhrmann Boulevard - have retained Cash Realty & Auctions to sell off 12.6-acre property that includes the circa 1925-era Cargill grain mill. The auction is set for 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 5 at South End Marina, 1515 Fuhrmann Boulevard.

"We just felt it was time," Mackey said of the upcoming auction.

The pair, two longtime friends, bought the property, which includes direct access to Lake Erie, in 1983. For many years, they used it as a boat storage and launch facility that run until 2009 when a fire destroyed much of the rigging equipment.

At its peak, the marina stored more than 130 boats.

The 66-silo grain mill was constructed in 1925 by Canadian interests who used it to store grain that was ultimately shipped to U.S. customers. In later years, it was owned by Cargill and then other interests before Langdon and Mackey bought it as a business investment in 1983.

The property sits almost next to Gallagher Beach, which is expected to re-open this summer as key waterfront destination.

Auctioneer Cash Cunningham said he expects a lot of interest from prospective bidders, especially with a long list of waterfront improvements either underway or planned.

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