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March 23, 2014

Camp Gabriels purchase approved

BRIGHTON — The State Office of General Services has approved the sale of Camp Gabriels.

A closing date has not been set, but the 91.7-acre former prison property, with its dormitories, kitchen and numerous out-buildings, is slated to sell for $166,000 to Adam Fine, of Pomona, and co-buyer Eliezer Hersh, of Spring Valley.

Fine’s bid was the second highest at public auction last October.

Office of General Services spokesman Joe Brill said the high bidder, Mohammad Ibrahim of Elmont, who offered $210,777 for the property last fall, was unable to complete the transaction.

OGS spokeswoman Heather Groll said Friday that the sale to Fine was approved this week.

Fine and Hersh plan to build a summer camp and winter educational retreat, using much of the existing Camp Gabriels infrastructure.

They are looking to add some athletic fields and an in-ground swimming pool with a dome cover for winter use, according to documents the Press-Republican obtained from the Adirondack Park Agency through the Freedom of Information Act.

The use proposed on the APA application is marked “group camp.”

‘NO NEW BUILDINGS’

Thus far it appears that Fine, Hersh and their engineers have not been able to test systems and infrastructure shut down when the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision closed the facility.

In a letter to APA, Fine’s attorney, Michael Hill at Miller, Mannix Schachner & Hafner LLC of Glens Falls, said they needed to restore power to the property.

“Once power is available, the water supply system (including wells, main storage tank, pumps, supply piping and chlorination equipment) and the sewer and wastewater treatment system … would be cleaned as necessary and inspected and tested.”

Hill said “that all of the above-mentioned systems were turned off when the NYS Department of Correctional Services vacated the property six years ago. The systems and equipment apparently have not been maintained or exercised in the interim, making it imperative that they be tested as soon as power is restored.”

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