A Market Street house for which the city attempted to find a buyer is instead slated for demolition after no one stepped forward to purchase the building.

City Planner Wayne Marshall said July 3 the nearly 200-year-old building will be torn down, probably later this fall, to make way for a new $17 million courthouse. Despite advertising the building for sale and hosting several open houses, no one came forward to make an offer on the house, which sits on one of three lots purchased by the state for a new courthouse.

According to previously published reports, the cost to move the structure in three pieces is estimated to be about $62,000. It has been expanded several times from the original footprint.

Marshall said the house is essentially a shell with the interior stripped down to the studs.

The state is expected to go out to bid later in August to construct the new courthouse on three lots on Church and Market streets that are being merged into a single lot. Once complete, the building will house both the superior and district courts. The new courthouse will feature two jury courtrooms, a non-jury courtroom, conference rooms, clerks office, disposition room, marshals office, control room and other space.

Marshall said he anticipates the Planning Board will give final approval to the new courthouse plan July 12 during its regular meeting.