Slammer Sale: States find closed prisons can be a tough sell
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – States are finding out the hard way that closed prisons can be a tough sell.
A recent national study found at least 94 state correctional facilities have been shut down since 2011, and only a few have been sold.
Developers say cell blocks and dormitories tend to be too expensive to tear down, and too restrictive to repurpose.
In New York, a mountaintop site in the Adirondacks is on the market for the second time in two years despite stunning views and proximity to the tourist destination of Saratoga Springs.
But a few states have had success. In Virginia, a former prison will be the site of more than 270 homes. In Tennessee, the former Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary is being turned into a whiskey distillery and tourist attraction.