The state will again try to auction off the old Marks Estate in Nuuanu.
State to offer Marks
Estate at auction
The state Board of Land and Natural Resources recently granted the Department of Transportation authorization to sell the property.
The state has been trying to sell the property at 3860 Old Pali Road since 1996, after the last occupant, Hawaii Institute for Management and Analysis of Government, was dissolved.
The state's last attempt to sell the property at public auction was March 7, 2000. However with an upset price of $3.25 million, there were no bids.
The property consists of two parcels totaling 218,500 square feet. The parcel on which the main structure sits, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Hawaii Register of Historic Places.
It was the home of Alfred Lester Marks and his wife Elizabeth (McCandless) Marks. When the state took over the mansion in 1976 it became the home of HIMAG.
The state bought the property for $625,750 in 1956 because the Pali Highway Project cut through the original 17.75 acre Marks Estate.