GLENS FALLS — Glens Falls Hospital is leasing space in the 14 Hudson Ave. building, which means that Sonny Bonacio’s mixed-use project is filling up.
EDC Warren County President Ed Bartholomew said Thursday the hospital has entered into a lease agreement to use the back section of the commercial space off School Street. He did not say what the hospital will do with the space.
Glens Falls Hospital spokesman Katelyn Cinzio confirmed the hospital has signed an agreement with Bonacio Construction to lease about 30,000 square feet in the building. Hospital officials have not finished their plans for the space.
“We are developing exciting plans to improve accessibility and quality of care through an expansion of specialty services on and off campus,” she said in an email. “We are still finalizing the details around relocation of services, as well as new services, and look forward to providing the community with additional information in the next few months.”
The hospital’s move means much of the commercial space is reserved, according to Bartholomew.
“There’s going to be basically about 5,000 to 7,000 square feet left,” he said.
SUNY Adirondack will be taking up much of the first floor with its culinary arts program. It is going to spend $1.42 million to fit up about 8,100 square feet of space and buy equipment. The project is being funded by grants, donations, state funding and capital chargebacks, which is the money the college receives when students from outside the area attend the college.
Getting the culinary arts program downtown was a priority project for the city’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
College officials are in the process of awarding construction bids, according to Bartholomew. They had indicated previously they hoped to be in the new space sometime in March.
Among the residential units, 70 out of 87 are leased, Bartholomew said.