South Blooming Grove mayor sold house for $4.6M before re-election

Belinda Arcitec

SOUTH BLOOMING GROVE – One week before winning an uncontested re-election race this month, Mayor George Kalaj sold his three-bedroom house in the village for a whopping $4.6 million, Orange County property records show.

It’s unclear if Kalaj still lives in South Blooming Grove, as state law requires him to do to hold office. He hasn’t responded to phone, text and email messages from the Times Herald-Record, and no one answered the door on Wednesday morning at the home on Fort Worth Place that he sold on March 7.

Orange County property records show that South Blooming Grove Mayor George Kalaj sold his three-bedroom house and its 21 acres in the village for $4.6 million on March 7, one week before he was re-elected in an uncontested race for a four-year term.

The house appeared to be unoccupied and the mail box at the end of the driveway was stuffed with mail.

The sale price was 10 times the estimated market value of the 2,026-square-foot raised ranch and the 21 acres on which it sits, according to county records. That inflated amount suggests the buyer plans to redevelop the large property.

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