Former nuclear silo up for sale as home

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SARANAC, New York (WPTZ) - Drive up Standish Road in Saranac New York, and you come to a property with a gated entrance.

In the midst of the Adirondack State Park, it has great views of Whiteface Mountain and even comes with its own air strip, complete with a hangar or garage depending on your preferred mode of transportation.

There's another detail worth mentioning.

This property is a decommissioned intercontinental ballistic missile launch facility.
There are two connected underground structures, a launch control center, where the personnel lived and worked about 40 feet  underground, and the Atlas F missile silo going down about 180 feet in total. 

It was built in 1958.

Co-owner and builder Bruce Francisco says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inspected the facility prior to its initial sale and gave it a clean bill of health.

The owners bought the property in the early 90s and started cleaning it up.

The only structure above ground at the time was a small concrete entrance around which the new owners built an 1,800 square foot house.

Francisco created a living space below in the launch control center

With three-foot thick concrete walls reinforced with stainless steel mesh and epoxy resin, the subterranean dwelling is built to withstand a direct nuclear blast or most any kind of apocalyptic event you might want to sit out.

The property is listed with Select Sotheby's International Realty.

$750,000 will get you the silo house, 20 acres of land and use of the runway, which will be extended for jet aircraft.

$1.76-million will get the house and 210 acres of land, some of which has already been sub-divided into lots with underground utilities.

The actual missile silo itself is still unfinished, but Francisco says the possibilities are endless.

"Think of a skyscraper, you could have parts of it be for hydroponics part of it could be for living, part of it could be for data storage, it could be multiple uses," he says.

The owners say several people could build homes on the lots as country getaways, and each have a spot in the shelter if the unthinkable ever happened.


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