Frontier Town could headline property tax sales

— Essex County officials wrapped up the last of their three task force meetings to determine the fate of the former Frontier Town property in North Hudson on Monday, March 3.

After a series of sprawling, cyclical discussions that rehashed the arguments that have characterized the talks — namely how to subdivide the plots, if the state should get involved and what uses the property might have after conducting a series of assessments and feasibility studies — North Elba town supervisor Roby Politi cut to the core:

“We need to get rid of it,” he said, calling possible state grants to explore future uses for the long-derelict 120 acres, “a wonderful pipe dream,” that would only spin the IDA’s wheels for two years and waste their time.

“It’s not an easy decision,” he told the task force. “But we either have to get rid of it now or get rid of it later.”

The tentative plan, said Essex County treasurer Michael Diskin, is to package four out of the seven parcels to auction as one package; another two will be bundled together and the others will be auctioned off separately.

“The package with four includes the former Frontier lot itself,” said Diskin. “The minimum reserve will be whatever taxes are owed on those properties.”

Diskin said $146,700 will be owed by the tentative auction date on April 30.

Hypothetically, according to officials, interested parties could bid whatever they wanted on the other properties including the gas station, which according to North Hudson supervisor Ron Moore has solicited two inquiries by a prospective buyer who claimed they could have the facility up and running by Memorial Day.

Moore said if the county didn’t get an acceptable bid on the four-parcel lot, he surmises the board wouldn’t have a problem offering it to North Hudson for the minimum reserve.

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