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November 10, 2013

Old Stone Barracks for sale again

PLATTSBURGH — The historic Old Stone Barracks property is up for sale again.

The asking price is $400,000.

“It’s a beautiful property, and you can do a lot with it,” said Carlos Tacheco, the property manager for Montreal businessman Bernard Schneider, who bought the barracks two years ago.

Schneider paid $35,000 for the property, which stirred controversy in the community. The building, built in 1838 by the U.S. Army, sits on the grounds of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

The Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp. tried to sell the building after the base closed in 1995, but could find no takers until Schneider made an offer.

RESTRICTIONS

Because the building is on the National Historic Register, there are severe restrictions as to what a developer may be able to do with it.

Schneider originally thought of building apartment complexes on the 7.75-acre site, but community objection nixed that plan.

He said at the time that he would consider working with any historic group that wanted to develop and preserve the barracks.

The Battle of Plattsburgh Association had considered purchasing the property, but backed out after they learned that a $200,000 federal grant they were seeking would not be available.

FOR SALE OR RENT

Tacheco said Schneider, who is elderly, tried to make something work, but couldn’t.

“He thinks someone younger might be able to do something with it,” Tacheco said.

A large sign with red letters on a white background appeared recently on the west side of the barracks just off Route 9 advertising the building for sale or rent.

The property was assessed at $775,300 at the time of the sale.

‘FEDS SHOULD TAKE IT’

Clarence Hall, a Vietnam-era U.S. Army veteran who lives in Morrisonville, was distressed to see the Barracks for sale once again.

“I think the federal government should take care of it,” he said, “just as sure as they take care of Fort Knox.” 

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