NORTH ADAMS -- The former Brien Center building on Marshall Street was sold at auction Thursday afternoon for $210,000.
Two bidders competed against one another to drive the price from a starting bid of $100,000 to $210,000.
The 22,560-square-foot brick building at 25 Marshall St., previously owned by John and Edith Leu, is located on a well-trafficked, prime commercial area near Mass MoCA and City Hall. The building most recently was used by the Brien Center, a mental health and substance abuse clinic.
That Brien Center office, along with its Curran Highway Adult Day Health Center, moved to its new location at 124 American Legion Drive on March 23.
The individual who bought the property declined to disclose his name or reveal what he plans to do with the property.
Prior to the auction, a representative of Aaron Posnik Inc., of Springfield, who auctioned off the building, said that a $20,000 deposit would be required.
The "absolute auction" would require the new owner to acquire the building in the condition it currently stands and the sale of the building would need to be completed within about 30 days, the representative said.
Edith Leu watched the auction, which took place on the building’s parking lot, with her husband and two grown daughters from behind about two dozen spectators.
Following the auction, the Leu family celebrated by exchanging hugs and kisses.
The Leus, who are in their mid-80s, have previously stated they were selling the property because they were ready for retirement. They no longer had the desire to put any more time and energy into renovations.
"It’s time," Edith Leu said. "It’s served us well. It’s time to move on."
Over the years, the building has served a wide-range of uses, Edith Leu said. It had been the site of a gasoline station, and the building has also been used for retail, towing and furniture sale.
Edith Leu said that the couple had owned the building since 1957.
Leu wouldn’t elaborate on what she would use the money from the sale for, besides saying that she would, "continue a comfortable retirement."