Columbia County gives Hudson first crack at doing something with JLE building

HUDSON — Columbia County is giving the city first dibs on the vacant John L. Edwards Primary School building after the Common Council passed a resolution agreeing to join the county to conduct a feasibility study on sharing the building to relocate certain departments.

The county sent a letter dated Sept. 17 to Mayor Rick Rector and Common Council President Tom DiPietro stating the county is passing the lead on repurposing the 89,500-square-foot school building at 360 State St. to house various departments.

The council passed a resolution Sept. 4 to conduct a feasibility study on centralizing all its services, except the firehouse, police station and Department of Public Works in the former school building.

“Due to significant interest that the city has for JLE and a new list of proposed uses, it appears apparent that the city should become the lead agency in this proposed project and develop its own study of future uses,” according to the letter signed by Stuyvesant Town Supervisor Ronald Knott, who chairs the county committee exploring the possibility of future uses of the school building.

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