GLENS FALLS - A vacant downtown Glens Falls office building at 3 Warren St. is being renovated as space for two area law firms that are merging.
The new firm, to be called Stanclift, Ludemann & McMorris, PC, will occupy the first and second floors of the 3 Warren St. building, the red brick building between Burger King and the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce offices, said Tucker Stanclift, a principal in the new firm.
Other principals are Matthew Ludemann, who is moving his practice from Queensbury, and Jeffrey McMorris, an associate in the Stanclift Law Firm, who will now be a partner.
Stanclift is relocating his offices from the second floor of the 100 Glen St. at Fenimore Square office plaza, at the corner of Glen and Park streets.
"We are shooting for June 1," to be in the new offices, Stanclift said.
Developer Peter Hoffman owns both the 100 Glen St. and 3 Warren St. buildings.
Stanclift said the new location will give the firm a more visible presence in downtown.
"We've chosen that location because of its location downtown, right in the heart of the circle, but also because it provides us with a standalone building as opposed to being part of a larger office complex," he said.
In conjunction with the merger, the law partners are establishing a new affiliated company, Fenimore Abstract and Title Agency.
Initially, the combined firms will employ 10 people, including the partners.
Interviews are already being conducted to hire additional clerical staff to support the abstract and title insurance firm, and possibly hire additional lawyers, Stanclift said.
Hoffman, the developer, said landing a long-term tenant for the 3 Warren St. building is another sign of confidence in downtown.
The building most recently housed the campaign offices of the newly elected congressman from Glens Falls, Scott Murphy.
Trustco Bank relocated its Glens Falls branch office from the 3 Warren St. building to 100 Glen St. in 2005.
Hoffman said he has a tentative lease for the space the Stanclift Law Firm will be vacating at the Glen Street building.