The state sold the shuttered former minimum-security prison Tuesday to Mohammad Ibrahim of Elmont for $210,777, according to Heather Groll, a spokeswoman for the state Office of General Services.
It’s unclear what Ibrahim plans to do with the property. The Enterprise could not immediately reach him for comment.
“He did not attend the auction in person,” Groll wrote in an email. “We reached out to him yesterday but I do not believe we have spoken to him yet.”
The agency had received a total of seven bids for the former prison. The next highest bid, $166,000, came from Adam Fine of Rockland County. The Albany Times Union reported today that Fine reportedly wanted to turn the property into a summer camp.
Other bidders included a pair of Saranac Lake residents: Ronald T. Fina, who bid $122,001, and Adrien N. Vlach, who bid $121,250. Northeast Concrete Coring and Cutting Inc. of Canton bid $121,000, Wooden Boat LLC bid $120,000, and Richard Williams offered $91,117.
Camp Gabriels is a former New York State correctional facility situated on over 90.71 acres in the high peaks region of the Adirondack Park. Camp Gabriels was founded in 1897 as a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients. The property was owned briefly by Paul Smiths College, and was purchased by the state in 1982 and converted to a correctional facility, which as subsequently decommissioned in 2009. The property comes with 55 total structures (some of which are insignificant sheds & pavilions, etc.), including dormitories, offices, storage and maintenance sheds, a dining hall, a heating plant, a chapel, and a gymnasium. The total square footage of all the structures is 167,578.
Camp Gabriels is located in the Town of Brighton, Franklin County, just a short drive to the Adirondack resort villages of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. The Adirondack Park offers numerous year-round recreational activities, including hiking, camping, skiing, boating, hunting, fishing, and much more. Camp Gabriels is easily accessible by car and air. It is approximately 300 miles from New York City and conveniently located near the Adirondack Regional Airport at Saranac Lake.