History buffs in Lacombe are scrambling to get their hands on at least one of two historical buildings being put up for sale on short notice.
Members of the Maski-Pitoon Historical Society were alerted Friday afternoon that Public Works and Government Services Canada has called for tenders to purchase and remove two buildings from the Lacombe Research Centre.
People interested in making the purchase have been given until 11 a.m. on Feb. 15 to submit their tenders.
That’s not a lot of time for volunteer organizations or municipalities to raise money and put a bid together, said Catherine Neale Ward, tourism planning consultant for Lacombe Regional Tourism.
It’s already too late for the City of Lacombe to take into consideration for its 2011 budget, said Neale Ward.
She alerted a volunteer with the historical society who then fanned the information out to members, including chairman Vern Otto.
While Otto could not be reached for comment on Friday, Neale Ward said members had discussed at a recent meeting that the Michener House Museum is out of room and that there is space on its lot for another building.
Federal officials could not be reached on Friday to talk about the history of the two buildings or the reason they are being sold.
Tenders were advertised in local newspapers in late January.