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State looks to fill vacant Guy Park Manor

State looks to fill vacant Guy Park Manor

Guy Park Manor, the large stone mansion on the banks of the Mohawk River that was once home to Guy J

Guy Park Manor, the large stone mansion on the banks of the Mohawk River that was once home to Guy Johnson, nephew of Sir William Johnson, has sat vacant for two years.

Its current owner, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, is actively looking for a use for the historic mansion, however.

"We're exploring all possibilities in terms of a future for that building and we are actively seeking tenants and reaching out to a number of parties in the Amsterdam area," said Bob Kuhn assistant regional director for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The last tenant in the building was the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, which moved out of Guy Park Manor in November 2005, according to director Deborah Auspelmyer.

"It's a beautiful historic site, but it's challenging to operate out of as a business," Auspelmyer said. "It served a great purpose. It was a great setting for a time, but as we grew and our needs grew, we needed to look at other alternatives."

Kuhn said the building is in an excellent location on the Mohawk River overlooking Lock 11. In the two years the building has sat vacant, Kuhn said, the state has been updating the infrastructure, including new heating, electrical and hot water systems. The state is also looking to put in a central air conditioning unit "to make a more hospitable work environment," Kuhn said.

The building's proximity to the railroad tracks has been the largest drawback in attracting potential tenants, Kuhn said.

"It's always a concern that people have to cross the railroad tracks to get to the property," Kuhn said. "It's a very active rail line with very high speed trains."

Auspelmyer said many people would come into the office expecting to see historic information in a museum-like setting.

"It would be nice if it was another historic museum," Auspelmyer said. "History is definitely one of our assets, and it would a good opportunity to utilize the building as such."

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