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June 28, 2013

Former prison to be sold at auction

Lyon Mountain Facility will be put up for sale on July 10



The property is free of all asbestos and lead.

The heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems are all intact, as is the plumbing.

Large freezers and coolers are available in the mess hall.

The site has a massive boiler and large generator.

The property has its own private sewer system, which can be connected to the public system, depending on use of the facility.

In the main building, the gymnasium and recreation center appear to be in good shape.

“I could see the town maybe being interested in this (gym) for a rec center or something like that,” Gokey said, speculating that he could subdivide the property if he ever purchased it.


The property is not zoned by the town, but it is within the boundaries of the Adirondack Park and subject to that agency’s regulations.

The auction will be held at 11 a.m. July 10, with registration at 10:30 a.m. in the second-floor meeting room of the Dannemora Town Hall, 1168 Cook St.

By law, no bid lower than $140,000 can be accepted. The property is being sold as one piece and can’t be broken up into separate sales.

The successful bidder must submit payment of 10 percent of the purchase price the day of the auction in the form of a certified check or bank draft.

The remaining payment must be made within 120 days of acceptance of the bid.

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More information on the property and the auction can be found at the New York State Office of General Services Division of Real Estate Development website at

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