TOWN USE REJECTED
Shrope said the town could have taken possession of the site for $1 and held a public meeting at the time to determine if that was what residents wanted.
“Overwhelmingly, the people didn’t want one dollar spent on speculation or what we could do to develop Camp Gabriels,” he said.
The town, he added, would have had to use at least 60 percent of the property for municipal purposes to comply with state rules.
That would have meant moving the town business offices and services there.
“We just spent $272,000 to restore our historic Town Hall,” Shrope said. “It’s 100 years old next year, and it’s always been the Town Hall.”
USE CHANGE EXPECTED
Any redevelopment of the Camp Gabriels property would be governed by the Adirondack Park Agency, which has its use classified State Administrative but intends to reclassify it as Moderate Intensity Use.
When the state tried to sell the site in November 2010, the minimum bid was $900,000, and there were no takers.
A second auction in April 2011 with a minimum bid of $750,000 also generated no interest.
Shrope said he thinks Camp Gabriels could sell this time.
“Who knows? For $90,000, I bet somebody buys it.”
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