QUEENSBURY — Warren County leaders are trying to figure out what to do with the Warren Street building that houses a recycling company and some of the county’s emergency services vehicles.
The building at 299 Lower Warren St. was formerly part of the Ciba Geigy complex and has been used in recent years by recycling companies and was recently rehabilitated so it could house some of the Office of Emergency Services’ trailers and vehicles.
D&G Recycling has used a building and external space on the property for plastics and paper recycling, but its contract has been on a month-to-month basis. Queensbury at-large Supervisor Michael Wild, who has been reviewing use of the property for the county Board of Supervisors, said Perkins Recycling, a Queensbury company that formerly was located at the site, wants to return there.
Since multiple entities are interested in using the building, the county should see if it can find a buyer for the 14.85-acre property, Wild said, pointing out a railroad line runs next to it. It also houses a garage that is used by the county Department of Public Works.
“It could be worth a lot of money,” Wild said.
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The former Ciba Geigy pigment plant next to the county-owned property was the site of years of environmental cleanup efforts. Queensbury Supervisor John Strough pointed out there could be concerns about contamination that leached into bedrock on the site.
The Board of Supervisors Facilities Committee passed a resolution to have an appraiser value the property, although the project could be handled by the firm the county retained for railroad issues since a rail siding runs next to the property.
That the county put $80,000 to $100,000 into the main building on the complex to provide winter cover for Office of Emergency Services vehicles complicates the situation, as the county had quotes for projects that could have resulted in a new standalone building for the vehicles for that price.
In the interim, the county has agreed to extend its contract with D&G recycling for another 30 days, despite concerns about the state of the recycling facility. Wild said D&G Recycling indicated it would clean up the property, but the issue persisted as of last week.
“We still have an issue with garbage strewn all over the place,” Wild said.