Auction planned at Tryon buildings

PERTH – The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency will have a May 7 auction of items from four Tryon property buildings, which later will be demolished.

The IDA is turning the former Tryon youth detention campus into a business park.

Before the four buildings are demolished to make way for the first phase of the Tryon infrastructure project, the IDA will auction off their contents, IDA Executive Director James Mraz said.

The IDA owns the property and is working with Fulton County to redevelop the site.

Mraz said the auction will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at the Tryon Maintenance Building.

The items from the four buildings include furniture, small equipment and light fixtures, among many other items. Mraz said the public can view the items the day before the auction – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6.

County Department of Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard said the four buildings eventually will be razed by the county Demolition Team.

“We’re waiting until after the auction,” he said.

The Tryon site has about 40 buildings. The four buildings to be razed were previously deemed “unsafe” and “dangerous” and condemned by county Code Enforcement Officer Allan Polmateer.

The IDA is keeping the core buildings from the old Tryon days intact. They include a full-size gym, an Olympic-size pool and a 250-seat auditorium.

The county received a $2 million grant from Empire State Development to pay for the first phase of the infrastructure project. That phase includes a new road, a new water line, a new sanitary sewer line, repair of a damaged electrical system at the site’s wastewater pump station, repair of the wastewater pump station, and stormwater collection and treatment.

The county is scheduled to open bids on the project today.

Mraz estimates the Board of Supervisors will award a contract May 12, with a June construction start. Construction for phase one may be completed by October.

Adirondack Auction Sales of Broadalbin will conduct the May 7 auction.

Mraz said the public can find the list of items available online by entering auctioneer No. 22286 at

Mraz said the public will have to pay the day of the auction for the items they successfully bid on. He said payment options and other details are on the website.

Mraz said there will be plenty of parking at Tryon to accommodate the public for the auction.

The future business park at this time is being called the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at