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Citizens coalition to bid on Glens Falls Civic Center

The Glens Falls Civic Center, site of the NYSPHSAA boys basketball Final Four.

The Glens Falls Civic Center, site of the NYSPHSAA boys basketball Final Four. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The city-owned Glens Falls Civic Center — which has hosted British supergroup “The Who,” as well as legendary jam-band Phish — and was once the home base iof the AHL Adirondack Red Wings hockey team — will soon be up for grabs at a bargain price.

With the public auction of the city-owned Glens Falls Civic Center set for 11 a.m. Monday Aug. 18, a coalition of area community and business leaders has formed with a mission to keep the civic center locally owned and managed — and assure that the fabled arena continues to draw people to the area.

The auction, set for 11 a.m. in the center’s Heritage Hall, features a minimum bid of $1.5 million, a mere fraction of the building’s present-day construction cost. City officials have reserved the right to refuse any and all bids. Also, any new owners would have to follow through with the city’s three-year contract with the Adirondack Flames AHL hockey team, according to the bid specifications.

Facing the prospect that a buyer might in following years convert the civic center to a new use — or even raze the building, this group of concerned citizens first met just several weeks ago to see what they could do to assure the civic center’s future as a sports and entertainment venue, according to Ed Moore, a lead member of the group. Moore owns and operates the French Mountain Commons mall in Queensbury.

This group, the Coalition to Save our Civic Center, plans to place a bid at the auction. Moore said Tuesday Aug. 13 that the Coalition seeks to raise $750,000 to $1 million or more to purchase the arena. In the first 10 days following Moore’s recent announcement that he’d personally match up to $250,000 in private investments toward the purchase, the Coalition has lined up nearly $400,000, he said.

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