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A group trying to save the former St. Nick’s Social Club in Batavia hit a bit of a roadblock today.

The former club and surrounding Swan Street property was sold at auction this morning to the mortgage holder, Bayview Loan Service. The auction was held at Genesee County Court.

St. Nick’s was a former Italian-American social club, and local restaurant and bar. The club was also well-known for hosting Batavia Lions Club meetings - the last event it ever hosted was one of these meetings.

St. Nick's first closed in August 2009 under a mountain of debt. The building has stood vacant ever since.

Just recently, a group of nearly 100 supporters came together to try and round up support as the St. Nick’s auction date neared. James March of Batavia led the charge, and was in court today to represent the group at auction.

March tells WBTA that now, the group may try to buy the building from the bank.

"We will discuss that (possibility) with our financial and legal advisors, and see what steps we're going to take from here,"
March says. He expressed hope that the bank might turn around and try to sell the property, or meet terms with the group of supporters.

"There is the possibility that we would pursue the property" if it becomes available, said March.

The winning bid today was over $40,000. March says even though his group was outbid, that may not necessarily be a bad thing if they’re still able to acquire the building.

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