The Moriah Business Park is going to going to expand. The Essex County Industrial Development Agency, which owns and operates the Mineville facility, has plans to construct a new 3,000 square foot building at the site.
The Moriah Business Park is going to going to expand.
The Essex County Industrial Development Agency, which owns and operates the Mineville facility, has plans to construct a new 3,000 square foot building at the site.
“The Moriah park is full; we have no space left to offer,” Jodi Olcott, IDA co-director, said. “We’re confident we can attract business to Moriah, if we have available space. We believe we can offer a small, energy-efficient space with little overhead to an interested business.”
The Moriah Business Park is now home to Pre-Tech Plastics, High Peaks Hospice and Hudson Headwaters Health Network.
Olcott said space at the Moriah Business Park is affordable, pointing out commercial space rents for about $10 a square foot in Plattsburgh and $4 in Moriah.
“We can offer low rent for a long term,” she said. “We’re looking for a tenant who may be just starting out who can use it as an incubator to grow their business.”
Olcott said permits allow for a 10,000 square foot building on the site, so the new 3,000 square foot building can be expanded, if needed.
The Moriah Business Park is “shovel ready,” Olcott said. All permits are in place for construction at the site, which has been prepared by students in the environmental science classes at nearby Champlain Valley Tech.
“Students have been working the past four or five years clearing the land, doing site work,” Olcott said.”We’re ready to go. We hope to start work in November.”
The expansion project will be unique, Olcott said, because the new building will be constructed by a private contractor with help from CV-Tech’s building and trades classes.
“We’re looking for a contractor who is willing to have his crew work with students and their instructors from CV-Tech,” Olcott said. “He (the contractor) will have to be patient and be willing to help students learn on the job. We’re seeking a very specialized contractor.”
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Using student labor, the IDA hopes to finish the building in 2014 and complete the parking lot and landscaping in the spring of 2015.
“We know what CV-Tech students are capable of; they do very good work,” Olcott said. “They can be a great asset.”
Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava knows. Moriah used CV-Tech students to build its new court facility adjacent to the town hall at Park Place.
“The (CV-Tech) students did a great job on our court house,” Scozzafava said. “They saved the town a lot of money and gained a lot of value experience. They do very good work. We’ve received a lot of favorable comments from state officials on the court house.
“I’m a big believer in the BOCES (CV-Tech) program,” he said. “I think it should be utilized more fully. It’s a great program for students and the community.”
Olcott said students can’t do all the work. They can’t pour the foundation or erect the trusses, she said. That work at the Moriah court house was done by private contractors.
“They can do almost everything else, though, with the help of a contractor,” Olcott said. “We feel this can be a very good project for the IDA, CV-Tech and the community.”