November 25, 2013

North Hudson wants Frontier Town

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Town of North Hudson wants Essex County to turn over several former Frontier Town properties that are headed for tax auction.

Seven parcels that make up a large portion of the old theme park off Interstate 87 Exit 29 are scheduled for sale in the county’s April 30, 2014, tax sale.

Supervisor Ronald Moore (R-North Hudson) made the request at a recent County Board of Supervisors Finance Committee session.

“What the town is asking for is to have the former Frontier Town properties that are on the foreclosure sale and the former Frontier Town property owned by Sunrise Land Development turned over to the Town of North Hudson,” he said.

“What has happened up until now has been a total failure.”


One of the parcels, owned by Sunrise Land Development of Westchester County, was purchased in the last tax sale in 2009.

Others are from the original Frontier Town and were owned by Panther Mountain Water Park, now North Hudson Associates LLC.

The total assessment on the former Frontier Town properties with unpaid taxes is $1.03 million, according to the Essex County Treasurer’s Office website.


George Moore of Keeseville bought a Frontier Town parcel in the 2009 tax sale, which included the A-frame entrance building, and those taxes are fully paid, on a current assessment of $530,100. 

That piece is not involved in the present proceeding.


Supervisor Moore said the sections due to go to auction include the Frontier Town motel and restaurant.

The restaurant on Frontier Town Road off Route 9 is in bad shape, he said.

“The town has declared it condemned and ordered it demolished and removed.”

And there’s a warehouse, he said, that is also condemned.

“Another building is the motel. We have not had an opportunity to go inside the motel to see if it can be salvaged.”

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