MORIAH — Construction on a new 3,100-square-foot building in the Moriah Business Park starts soon.
The building, which will tentatively serve the High Peaks Hospice program and other concerns, will be located behind the main building in the industrial park off Plank Road (County Route 7).
Essex County Industrial Development Agency Co-Director Jody Olcott said a local contractor, yet to be hired, will work with about 20 students from Champlain Valley Technical Education Center across Plank Road to construct the new building.
“The kids are very interested. This is really going to be hands-on. It’s going to be a great project.”
She said the concrete foundation will be poured first, probably within the next couple of weeks, then the students will get started.
“We’re hoping by the end of 2014 to have it constructed,” Olcott said.
The parking lot and landscaping will be done in spring 2015.
The project will have to shut down during the summer when school is out, she said.
The existing buildings at the Business Park are filled to capacity, Olcott said.
“New businesses have no place to go.”
The park, which opened in 1999, is currently home to Pre-Tech Plastics, Moriah Health Center and High Peaks Hospice. The hospice program has outgrown the space it uses now.
“The park is shovel-ready,” Olcott said. “We’re pre-approved for a building up to 10,000 square feet. The site has already been prepared by students in the environmental science classes at CV-TEC.”
Students cleared the site and did other preparation work, she said.
“This is a unique project. The contractor will have to be patient and work with the students and staff from CV-TEC.
"It’s a great opportunity.”
The students will not be involved with electrical work, she said, which will be contracted out to a licensed electrician, and the contractor will erect the building trusses.
CV-TEC students built the new Moriah Town Courthouse next to the Town Hall, and they did an excellent job, Town Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said.
“We’re not taking jobs away from anyone. The students at BOCES (CV-TEC) not only learn a trade, but they can see they’ve accomplished something at the end of the day.
"It’s beneficial to everyone.”
Scozzafava said the town could not have afforded the money it would have cost to build the courthouse without the students. Moriah had $52,000 in grants, but the cost of a pre-fabricated building was $300,000 to $500,000.
“These are projects that would not happen otherwise,” he said. “They (the IDA) have very limited funds.”
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