An online auction has been underway for the past week as the city attempts to get rid of heavy machinery, tools and other equipment left at the former Ultima Nimco site. The auction, which began on Oct. 10, will end at noon on Thursday.
Cabinets, fabrication machinery, welding equipment, rotary tables and an abundance of steel and aluminum scraps are up for bid.
“This facility has been closed for three years. The machines cannot be turned on and it is unknown as to their working condition,” states the website of Quaker City Auctioneers Inc., which is based in Pennsylvania. “It was alleged that the machines were in operation, unless noted otherwise, prior to close down.”
Any items acquired at auction must be removed by Oct. 25, according to the bid specifications.
The city acquired the former Ultima Nimco site at 1 Pine St. Extension several years ago through eminent domain as part of the Broad Street Parkway acquisition. A portion of the site was deemed necessary in the early phases of the parkway construction when the project was first proposed to be a four-lane parkway. The roadway was ultimately downsized and the Nimco site was classified as surplus property that was no longer needed for the parkway design.
The owner of the Nimco business, Anoosh Irvan Kiamanesh, eventually filed a lawsuit against the city seeking millions of dollars in damages claiming the eminent domain process ruined his business. The court ultimately dismissed the case. Now the city is attempting to auction off the equipment still housed in the facility. No future plans have been announced for the space.
The Nimco site was just one of several surplus parcels that were obtained through eminent domain but not needed for the parkway, including a police training facility and large parking lot within the millyard.
Kimberly Kleiner, administrative services director for the city, said Wednesday that she was unsure of the success of the ongoing auction, but said she is hopeful that other companies or organizations will be able to make use of some of the items.
“We are just hoping we can clean out the building. This has been a really large project,” she said, adding some of the equipment is now being used by city departments, and that some was donated to City Arts Nashua.
According to appraisal records, the former Nimco building measures about 60,000 square feet and is more than 100 years old.