Families wait in line overnight to purchase Renwick lots
BERWICK, La. — The 33 lots in the fifth phase of Renwick Subdivision development are a hot commodity. So hot, in fact, that nine families camped out overnight in front of town hall to be there when the sales began at 8 a.m. today.
Berwick is the only public entity in the state that develops and sells subdivisions, according to Mayor Louis Ratcliff. Thus, the rules for its sale were set by the town.
The plots are $4.15 per square foot and range from 10,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet. It was the first-come, first-served sale requirement that brought the prospective buyers to town hall around 2 p.m. Wednesday for an overnight stay.
Susan Aucoin was one of the overnight campers and officially first in line. Her husband, Blane, joined her this morning.
“We got to all be friends, and we already know our neighbors now. It’s been a little block party,” she said, adding that you have to make the best of what many in line called an embarrassing situation.
They were there, though, to make sure they got the lots they wanted, she said.
About 100 people had expressed interest in the 33 lots. Those in line would negotiate with newcomers when they came to join the line.
“The first question we ask them is ‘What lot do you want?’” she said. If they had chosen the same as another person, the negotiations began, Aucoin said.
A total of 13 lots were being sought by the campers. Each family was looking for one or two lots, but one man had power of attorney for two other families who could not be present for the sale.
After sales close today, buyers can visit Thorguson Realty for purchases.