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Camp Gabriels prison is sold to private buyer from Brooklyn

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It appears that the former Camp Gabriels prison has been sold to a private buyer for just over $210,000.

The news was first reported yesterday by the Albany Times-Union. The highest bidder was named as Mohammad Ibrahim from Brooklyn.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Ibrahim outbid at least two local investors from the Saranac Lake area.  It's unclear what he plans to do with the 9o-acre property north of Saranac Lake, which includes more than 50 structures.

The prison began in the 1800s as a tuberculosis center in the 1980s was converted into a minimum security correctional facility.  It closed in 2009.

State officials originally hoped to sell the property for as much as a million dollars.

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican that she's pleased that the land will be back on the tax rolls.  "Until we know what the plans are, it will be interesting to see what unfolds," Duprey said.

This summer, another former prison in Lyon Mountain sold for just over $140,000. Two more North Country prisons in Franklin and Saratoga counties are sated to close next year.

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