St. Joseph County auctions contents inside the historic Portage Manor

NOW: St. Joseph County auctions contents inside the historic Portage Manor

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - It’s been nearly four months since Portage Manor closed its doors and now, the contents of this historic home are being auctioned off. 

The residents are all cleared out and now the county is working to sell off what’s left inside before the property is sold.

The County says the sale does not include personal items; all residents had the chance to come grab their belongings.

Tuesday evening, Saint Joe County Commissioner Derek Dieter and Kaser Auction Service started the liquidation of items ranging from holiday decorations to jail cells.

The bidding for "restaurant equipment" began Tuesday 4:00 p.m. and the auction will continue through Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Items auctioned off in the next three sales will include: vintage holiday decorations, furniture, tools, commercial washers and dryers, janitorial supplies, 20+ jail cells, two storage shelters, an assortment of religious items, medical equipment, office supplies, generators, a riding mower and more. 

Items sold in the liquidation will be handled online.

Commissioner Dieter is hoping the money from the sales will be put towards a Challenger Little League Field and new bicycle and hiking trails in the Portage Manor Woods.

First, the money will go to the fund and be voted on.

On December 7, there'll be a preview of all items to bid on. 

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