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July 6, 2011

Eagle Island listed for sale at $3.75 million

UPPER SARANAC LAKE — The shuttered and historic Girl Scout Camp on Eagle Island went on the real-estate market over the holiday weekend.

Signs are posted along the waterfront of the 31.2-acre island on Upper Saranac Lake, according to neighbors there.

LISTED AT $3.75 MILLION

The property is owned by Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey and was donated to a subset of that group, Girl Scout Council of Greater Essex and Hudson Counties of New Jersey, in 1937 by the Henry Graves Jr. family who had purchased it from original owner, former U.S. Vice President Levi P. Morton.

Listing agent Karen Mergenthaler at Merrill Thomas in Lake Placid confirmed the listed sale price of $3.75 million.

The property description is on Multiple Listing Service directories as a 10-bed, 13.5-bathroom, single-family home, built in an Adirondack Camp style in 1903.

Zoning listed on the property is Residential, in the Saranac Lake School District.

Franklin County records show Eagle Island was assessed at $2,248,632 in 2010, with the same value set as tentative assessment this year.

OFFER PUT IN

The Girl Scouts Board of Directors in New Jersey voted last October to divest their newly restructured group of the property, drawing great concern from a large number of former Eagle Island campers, who have since ramped up efforts to save or otherwise purchase the historic site.

Friends of Eagle Island Board Chairwoman Dorcas Hardy said they made an offer to Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey on July 1.

"And we will be making a formal statement at the Upper Saranac Lake Association on Saturday morning," Hardy said Tuesday.

"The price is certainly high," she said of the new listing.

PRESERVATION EYED

Friends of Eagle Island is researching options to preserve the site as both a historic landmark and a place for outdoor experience.

"But we don't own it yet," Hardy said. "Owners are the ones who make those types of preservation decisions. We asked Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey to file for a Save America's Treasures grant in spring 2010," Hardy added.

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