COXSACKIE — Coxsackie officials began moving into their new headquarters Wednesday.
The new municipal building, located at 56 Bailey St., will serve both as the new town hall and the highway garage. The $2.7 million endeavor to construct the new building was funded in part by a $500,000 grant allocated by state Sen. George Amedore Jr., R-46, and a 30-year, $3.25 million bond.
Construction, performed by Bishop Beaudry Construction, began in April 2018. Town offices will be closed during the move until Friday.
“The town had been looking to build a new highway garage since the mid ’90s,” Town Supervisor Richard Hanse said. “About six years ago we formed a committee [to work on the project].”
The committee noticed how inadequate the former town hall, located at 16 Reed St., was, Hanse said.
“We decided to consolidate our town administrative offices, town court and highway garage into one building,” he said. “It ended up costing less than the first proposal we had to build a new highway garage seven years ago.”
The town board voted to sell the Reed Street site at its final meeting in the old building Tuesday night.
“I would love to see a business go in there to draw more people in and help with the revitalization of Reed Street,” Hanse said.
The building is on the market for $240,000. If residents object to the sale, they can petition for a public referendum within 30 days of the closing, Hanse said.
Hanse did not think the public take an issue with it.
“The building would be going back onto the tax rolls,” he said.
Hanse estimated the building, which was formerly a meat market, dates back to the 1870s.
The former highway garage, located at a different site on Bailey Street, was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1937, Hanse said.
“It is not a good work environment,” Hanse said. “When it rains, the rain runs from one end to the other.”
The new building is equipped with a bioretention basin that holds water that flows from the building. The water is then absorbed by plants, Bishop Beaudry Project Manager Christopher Kondracki said in January.
The building also features an overflow channel to prevent flooding.
“If it ran for four weeks straight or something, it would overflow through that channel and go into the street swale,” Kondracki said.
The town board has decided to hang on to the former highway garage for a couple years, Hanse said.
“They want to see whether it’s a benefit to the town to have an additional highway building,” he said, adding the town will use the space for cold storage.
The new garage section has room for eight trucks and features a kitchen, lounge area and bathrooms with a shower, Hanse said.
The town court was formerly housed at Village Hall on Mansion Street.
The new town court facilities will also be used by the town board and planning and zoning boards with a seating capacity of 30 for meetings, Hanse said. Additional rooms will be available for attorneys to meet with clients.
Court doors have a magnetic lock with a code to make them more secure, Kondracki said.
“From the other side, there’s a motion detector on the wall on the ceiling,” Kondracki said. “So if you come within a five-foot radius of the door, it automatically disables.”
The court features spandrel glass windows designed to be opaque to help hide features between the floors of a building, which is standard for the Unified Court System, Kondracki said.
The new building features LED lighting and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, something the former town hall was not, Hanse said.
The town clerk’s office is much bigger than the space in the former town hall, making it easier for Town Clerk Bambi Hotaling to do her work, Hanse said.
“It will be a more efficient place for employees to be working in,” he said.