Auction set for vacation place with great security

Two houses in Manhattan also are available to bidders

If security is paramount, the happiness will be hard to contain of whoever is the winning bidder at the auction of a property in Northern Adirondack Park this summer.

On 27.3 acres in the hamlet of Lyon Mountain in Dannemora, the property includes several acres of undeveloped land and 23 buildings totaling 90,676 square feet.

New York State is selling the former minimum-security correctional facility as surplus property on July 10, and the minimum bid is a mere $140,000.

(If a second prison might prove to be of interest, the former Arthur Kill Correctional Facility on the southern tip of Staten Island is for sale as well, but not at auction.)

364 W. 119th St.

In Manhattan, the state also has scheduled the auction of two Manhattan properties, an early 20th century brownstone at 364 W. 119th St. and a row house at 419 W. 145th St. of the same era.

As for the Dannemora facility, the significant buildings include a 49,201-sf structure that was used as a dormitory, cafeteria and gymnasium; a 4,602-sf administrative building; and a 24,747-sf vocational building where, presumably, they didn’t teach locksmithing.

The buildings hardly possess the rustic ambiance of a vacation spot, but, hey, consider all that parkland.

There are three — get this — open houses in May and June, and you can find a few more details published online by the Division of Real Estate Development, which is part of the Office of General Service.

The auction will be at Dannemora Town Hall at 11 a.m.

With regard to the New York City properties, they are to be auctioned at noon on June 19 in the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St.. and are available for inspection on three occasions in May and June.

419 W. 145th St.

With a minimum bid of $1.5 million, 364 W. 119th St. is essentially a five-story shell of 9,630 square feet that was used as a residence by the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities.  Requiring a gut renovation because of  extensive vandalism and water damage, it contained 10 railroad-style walk-up apartments, according to the state’s Web site, which provides helpful links.

The minimum bid for the row house at 419 W. 145th St., in the Sugar Hill Historic District at the northern end of Hamilton Heights, is just $385,000.  A non-secure residential facility too, the place was run by the Office of Children and Family Services.

Consisting of some 4,000 square feet above grade and another 1,018 in the sub-basement, the property is configured with offices and kitchen in the basement, living space on the first floor, and bedroom and baths on the third and fourth floors.

Information about various surplus properties around the state to be sold in the coming weeks and months is available online.

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Malcolm Carter
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