The Warwick Valley Local Development Corporation announced the sale of 36 acres of land at the Warwick Valley Office & Technology Corporate Park, the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility, to Tony Abbatine, founder and International Director of Frozen Ropes Training Centers. The parcel, which includes the main prison compound, sold for $1,775,000.
The ultimate plan is to develop the property into an internationally recognized indoor and outdoor sports training facility and overnight summer camp. Abbatine has already invested in a complete refurbishment of the indoor recreational building creating two world class playing fields, a multi-purpose room with kitchen facilities and the latest in sports amenities. He plans to begin hosting teams in early January at his new facility dubbed “The Yard”.
Abbatine has already begun to re-purpose the prison property’s existing recreational building, avocation building, visitors building, and approximately 16 housing units to create a world class year round sports training center. He already owns a sports facility in Chester.
Abbatine describes his vision for the property as a sports village, known as ‘The Yard,’ for the purpose of hosting a wide variety of athletic events, including soccer, lacrosse, football, and baseball.
“The Yard will complement our Chester facility, The Rock Sports Park, and will meet the growing demand for quality sports facilities in the area,” said Abbatine.
Warwick Town Supervisor and WVLDC Vice President Michael Sweeton is looking forward to working with Abbatine as he develops the prison property, which has been vacant for three years.
“As the second and by far the largest commercial venture to locate on site we are well on our way to getting the former prison back on the tax rolls and creating job opportunities in our Town,” said Sweeton.
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January 1, 2015