Former South High School sold to impulse buyer for $107,000

Former South High School sold to impulse buyer for $107,000

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"It's a very nice location. I used to live in south Knoxville. It's very close to everywhere. Whoever holds this property has a great impact on the community," Bahman Kasraei says. "It's a very nice location. I used to live in south Knoxville. It's very close to everywhere. Whoever holds this property has a great impact on the community," Bahman Kasraei says.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- The former South High School went for $107,000 on the auction block Thursday to a man making an impulse buy.

Bahman Kasraei bought the building at the intersection of Moody Ave. and Tipton Street, which has been vacant since the 1970s with an idea to turn it into condominiums instead of tearing it down. 

Kasraei said he saw the auction sign as he was driving by and decided to stop in.

"It's a very nice location. I used to live in south Knoxville. It's very close to everywhere," Kasraei said. "Whoever holds this property has a great impact on the community."

Kasraei said he owns other residences in Knoxville.

There's been no upkeep to the building since the 1970's and the structure has become very dilapidated.

"The roof needs to be done. You have to have new electrical service, new plumbing service, everything. You just have the shell, that's all," Kasraei said.

In the past, county officials tried but failed several times to sell the building to different developers.

Commissioner Paul Pinkston pushed for Thursday's auction to sell the 45,000 square foot property. Commissioners voted in favor of the auction in April.

Still, Commissioner Victoria DeFreese still isn't sold on selling it. "Is that really worth it, even at 107,000, for the county to lose 2.2 acres for future space for our children and in the future? I don't know."

Those who know the school's past are very interested in its future. Former Assistant Principal Robert Neff came out to show his support.

"I still live in South Knoxville. It's my dream that whatever our building becomes will be a great asset to this community," Neff said.

Knox County Commission still has to approve Kasraei's bid. That vote should happen sometime this summer.

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