For an opening bid of $90,000, you can seek to own 90.71 acres in the high peaks region of the Adirondack Park, land that was first developed in 1897 as a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients.
Sounds like a great deal?
You’d also own Camp Gabriels, the former state prison that comes with 55 structures, including a dining hall, a heating plant, a chapel, and a gymnasium. The total square footage of all the structures is 167,578, the state Office of General Services said.
It’s one of five surplus properties up for auction in Monroe, Erie, Genesee, and Franklin over the next four weeks, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.
In Monroe County, an 11.9-acre vacant lot and a 29,082-square-foot office building will be auctioned at a minimum bid of $700,000 and $250,000, respectively. In Erie County, a five-bedroom, 2,408-square-foot home is for sale starting at $25,000.
In Genesee County, the Batavia Armory, a 12,000-square-foot facility, is being auctioned with a minimum bid of $80,000.
In Franklin County, the former 90.71-acre “Camp Gabriels” correctional facility is up for auction starting at $90,000 minimum bid. The property has 55 structures that total 167,578-square-feet.
On Thursday, two properties were auctioned and sold.
In the Town of Kent, Putnam County, an 3.215 acre vacant lot was sold for the minimum bid of $30,000 with a $3,000 deposit required to bid.
In Ossining, Westchester County, a house located at 318 Spring Street sold for the minimum bid of $245,000. The 1,650 square-foot house had been home to the former superintendent to the Sing Sing Correctional Facility and is located not far from the prison. No one lived there lately so the state put the house up for auction.
“When someone else buys the [property], there’s money spent on whatever the person wants to use it for, so that helps employ people and drive the economy. Many times it will become a business so it goes back on the tax rolls,” said a spokeswoman for OGS, Heather Groll. “Communities benefit from that ,and they’re not seeing an empty building sitting unused and deteriorating. It actually becomes a vibrant part of the community.”