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Prisons for sale. As two more prisons close down, there a dozen corrections and juvenile justice facilities in NY will be mothballed or up for sale. Photo: Brian Mann
Prisons for sale. As two more prisons close down, there a dozen corrections and juvenile justice facilities in NY will be mothballed or up for sale. Photo: Brian Mann

Act now! Clinton County prison just $140,000!

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State officials have set a price tag on the mothballed prison in Clinton County and it looks like a bargain.

The Office of General Services says it will accept a minimum bid for the Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility of just $140,000.

That includes more than 27 acres of land and 23 buildings.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

With roughly a dozen former correctional facilities and youth detention centers on the auction block, New York state is offering fire sale prices. In part, that's because many of these prisons sit in rural, out-of-the-way places.

I'd love to see something go in there...I don't know if anyone's going to bite on it.
Ron Hemingway owns the gas station across the street from the Lyon Mountain prison. He's skeptical that the facility here will find a buyer.

"I'd love to see something go in there," he says. But he worries that the boarded up complex may have suffered mold damage and other problems. "I don't know if anyone's going to bite on it."

And locals also wonder what kind of industry would want this kind of complex, located in a remote area of the Adirondack Park.

"There's not much left for jobs in the area, unless you work for the town or the state," Hemingway says.

Once a public school, the Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility operated from 1984 until 2011.  Now it's up for sale. Photo: New York state
Once a public school, the Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility operated from 1984 until 2011. Now it's up for sale. Photo: New York state
The auction for the Lyon Mountain prison will take place on Wednesday July 10, at the Dannemora Town Hall – with an open house for prospective buyers in late June.

They buyer will get a gymnasium, a dormitory, a cafeteria – and a vocational building, with more than 80,000 square feet.

Just last week, a private company called the Brihat Corporation purchased a former prison Camp in Madison County near Syracuse that included 31 acres and 38 buildings.

The price tag for that correctional facility was $241,000.

Meanwhile, the former minimum security prison Camp Gabriels north of Saranac Lake has gone up for auction twice with no bids.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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