A Carter Lake businessman bought the smaller portion of the former Uta Halee Girls Village campus Friday that was offered at a trustees auction at the City-County Building in Omaha.
First National Bank, which held liens on the property, obtained the larger portion.
Butch Levell, an owner of Lakeside Auto Recyclers in Carter Lake, paid $280,000 for the former Ponca Pines Academy, 10831 Calhoun Road. Levell entered the only bid after a lawyer for First National Bank, the trustee, opened the bidding at just under $280,000.
The property he bought consists of a large house — formerly home to the Ponca Pines Academy residential treatment and education center for girls — and 11 acres of land. Much of the land is a wooded ravine unsuitable for building. It is in the Ponca Hills area in north of north Omaha.
Levell said he bought the land for an investment. He said he'll probably rent it out.
The land is zoned for low-density residential use and has additional environmental restrictions. The zoning would allow no commercial or industrial development or use of the property.
Levell paid the bank in full Thursday afternoon, a First National spokesman confirmed.
The larger portion of the Uta Halee property — about 27 acres, including the three-year-old, nicely appointed Mildred Scott Wellness Center and several other buildings — remained under First National Bank control after Thursday's auction.
No one bid any higher than First National's initial bid of $2.09 million for the campus.
Uta Halee, which provided residential mental health and substance-abuse treatment for girls, closed in December. Its board cited declining referrals and revenue from the State of Nebraska.
The campus has been listed for sale since January, drawing substantial interest but no buyer. First National filed notices of default against Uta Halee in June for its failure to pay on a $2 million line of credit and a $312,000 mortgage, setting the stage for Thursday's auction.
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