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Columbia County wants to use old Greenport Wal-Mart building for almost everything

Dec 01, 2010 2:38 am
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="This Greenport Wal-Mart is empty since the new larger store opened down the street last year. Photo by Tom Roe."][/caption]Carole Osterink in The Gossips of Rivertown reports:
"This afternoon [Tuesday, Nov. 30], Columbia County Planning/Economic Development Commissioner Ken Flood, the CEO of CRC [Capital Resource Corporation], presented the proposal to the Board of Supervisors Space Utilization Subcommittee, and what's being proposed is that all county offices -- 300 county employees -- be consolidated in the old Wal-mart building. Only the agencies and offices that are required by law to be located in the county seat would remain in Hudson, and those offices would be moved to 325 Columbia Street, putting 401 State, 610 State, as well as 25 Railroad Avenue 'out of commission.' The proposal also involves leasing the leftover space in the vast old Walmart building to not-for-profits and start-up companies that cannot afford to lease commercial space, to create a business incubator or, as Flood called it, a 'job growth center.' Flood talked about the 'synergies' created by having all county offices under one roof. Responding to this talk of synergy, Fourth Ward Supervisor Bill Hughes asked 'Why not put DSS [Department of Social Services] with a homeless shelter?' and made the point that this seemed to be an obvious synergy. When the meeting had been adjourned, Mayor Rick Scalera reiterated the idea that combining DSS with a homeless shelter in the building seemed obvious and would solve a lot of problems. Social Services Commissioner Paul Mossman responded, 'You expect the county to own and operate that?' Why not? It makes more sense than the way the concept of "congregate housing" is now being implemented. A meeting to solicit public comments about the proposal will be held next Wednesday, December 8, at 5 p.m. at the Elks Club. More details of the proposal are provided in the Register-Star article: 'County mulls new home for DSS.'"
Read the entire item in The Gossips of Rivertown.
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