Back in May, NCPR’s Brian Mann reported on New York state’s plan to auction off the former Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility in the Clinton County town of Dannemora (to further pinpoint it, it’s in the hamlet of Lyon Mountain in Dannemora). The state set a minimum bid of $140,000 for the 27-acre, 23-building facility, but some locally wondered if there would be any bids at all: The former prison is boarded up and in a remote part of the Adirondacks, where they wondered if industry would be interested in locating.
But those worries were apparently unwarranted, as the prison’s been sold for the minimum bid to a Quebecois businessman. That’s according to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican. Gilbert Rybicki was the sole bidder for the prison, according to the New York State Office of General Services, at an auction held at Dannemora Town Hall Wednesday.
Rybicki has 120 days to complete the deal. Since the former prison complex is within the Adirondack Park, it’s subject to APA regulations.
Office of General Services spokeswoman Heather Groll told me that since Rybicki bought the facility as a private buyer, he’s not under any obligation to disclose his plans or anything about himself. “The good news, though”, she said, “is that the property will go back on the tax rolls, and that’s that’s the idea behind divesting ourselves of unused surplus property, so it can become useful again, whether it’s for a community or private use. Abandoned properties don’t do anyone any good.”