The state Office of General Services announced Monday that it will conduct a sealed bid auction for the former Camp Gabriels Correctional Facility next month.
Carla Chiaro is acting commissioner of OGS. She says the state will auction the former minimum security prison – located off state Route 86 in the Franklin County town of Brighton – on Wednesday, Nov. 17.
The state has set the minimum bid at $950,000 and bids are due to the Office of General Services no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16.
State officials conducted a site inspection last Friday and have scheduled a second inspection from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.
The bids will be opened in public at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Corning Tower in Albany.
The 336-bed minimum security facility is located on more than 91 acres of land. The property features about 48 buildings, including storage facilities, three dormitories, an outdoor work-out facility, a fairly new gymnasium and a 100-year-old chapel.
The property – which has an onsite waste water treatment system, a 125,000 gallon water storage tank and an emergency electrical generator – is being sold “as is.”
Lawmakers closed down the prison last year. The facility was first used as a sanitarium more than a century ago; Paul Smith’s College then used it for dormitories before the state converted it to a prison in the 1980s.