A closed down prison located in upstate New York is about to go for auction, with opening bids starting at a mere $100,000 for the humongous property.
In a statement, RoAnn Destito of the state Office of General Services said that on July 24, the former Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County will be auctioned go up for auction “as is.”
The giant government property where the former medium-security prison stands is advertised in an Empire State listing as having a great location.
The listing states, “The property is 10 miles from both Quebec and Ontario in Canada and stands about one-and-a-half hours from Montreal — making the region a strategic location for Canadian companies serving the U.S. market.”
As part of an initiative by Governor Andrew Cuomo to shut down several prisons that had dwindling populations, in July of 2014, the Chateaugay facility was closed.
According to The Post, “The state has sold some of its closed prisons and is trying to sell others for redevelopment. The Chateaugay prison complex of 30 structures encompassing almost 100,000 square feet — all less than 30 years old — sits on 100 acres along Route 11. The buildings include dorms, a dining hall, a kitchen with walk-in coolers and freezers, garages and storage units. Among the featured amenities are water, sewer, electric and phone service, as well as a backup diesel generator and above-ground diesel and gasoline tanks.”
To cement a bid on this former-penitentiary prior before it goes on auction, one needs to put down a deposit of at least $10,000.
On May 31, June 1, June 11, June 12, July 9 and July 10, tours of the site will be held.
By Mark Snyder