By CAROLINE MURRAY
PERTH -- Construction is scheduled to begin next month to turn the former Tryon Juvenile Detention Facility into a business park.
To prepare for the first phase of construction, the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency is holding an auction Wednesday at the facility.
IDA director James Mraz said there is a surplus of items left from the juvenile center many people have expressed interest in purchasing.
He said kitchen items such as sinks, ovens, dishwashers, mixers, freezers and refrigerators as well as carpentry and mechanical equipment are among the hundreds of items for sale.
"You name it," Mraz said.
A public viewing will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to display what will be sold to interested buyers.
Anyone not able to attend the walk-through, can visit Auctionzip.com, Mraz said, type in auctioneer code 22286 and navigate through the virtual list.
He said Adirondack Auction Sales is handling the auction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Buyers will have 48 hours to pick up their purchase after the auction is completed.
All sales will go toward future projects on the Tryon campus, Mraz said.
Tryon was one of 11 New York state correctional and juvenile facilities to close in 2011 in an effort to consolidate government services.
As of Jan. 16, the 500-acre plot of land in Perth was transferred from state ownership to the hands of the IDA and Fulton County.
State officials said the entire transformation is estimated at $3 million.
Perth Supervisor Gregory Fagan and planning board chairman Ronald Cetnar toured the campus last Wednesday evening.
Cetnar said no one from the town board or planning board has visited the site since the IDA took over.
"It was an eye-opener," Cetnar said.
He was surprised by the condition of the campus, including an educational building equipped with a Olympic-sized swimming pool, gymnasium and cafeteria.
Cetnar said the administration buildings are in excellent shape, and could visualize them making great office space for businesses.
"There is lots of potential for businesses to come in and start up," Cetnar said. "Hopefully, we can get businesses to help with employment in Fulton County."
Fagan said construction for an internal access road, or "loop road" will be tackled first. The road allows for land outside of the perimeter to be sold as sites for interested businesses.
The project will also involve new water and sewer lines in various locations, as well as reactivating the existing lines that have been shut down since the state closed the facility.
Mraz said they sent out requests last week and 13 construction companies came in with a bid.
"It is a very competitive bidding climate," Mraz said.
Both Mraz and Fagan said Jablonski Excavating of St. Johnsville came in with a bid of $1.19 million and will be awarded the job at a May 12 board of supervisors meeting.
"He will get started in June and should finish sometime in October ... if all goes as planned," Mraz said.