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November 26, 2013

Reusing the old Nursing Home

MALONE — Talks will begin soon on how to best reuse the Franklin County Nursing Home when the facility closes next fall.

That could even mean the Village of Malone sharing space with the county.

County Manager Thomas Leitz said he will soon be meeting with an architect, buildings-and-grounds staff and others to determine costs for repairs, renovations and reconfiguration at the Nursing Home on Finney Boulevard.

He mentioned the Department of Social Services could be among the agencies to move into the space once changes are made.

Leitz said patient rooms could be used for offices, the common areas and larger spaces could be partitioned, and walls built to fit the county’s needs.

VILLAGE POSSIBILITIES

But there may be other considerations if the village were to partner with the county to lease space, he said during a recent county-budget hearing.

Attempts to reach Mayor Todd Lepine were not successful Monday, but two Village Board members expressed interest in learning more.

“As a trustee, if there was an opportunity for the village to partner with the county, I’d be interested in taking it beyond casual conversation,” Village Board member Joe Riccio said.

There have been no formal talks, Trustee Hugh Hill said, but the mayor has mentioned it in passing.

“It’s a natural fit,” Hill said. “We’re selling our building where we hold our meetings, and it would be good to get out from under all of our obligations.”

Hill said the Nursing Home property has ample space inside and plenty of room for parking, but it would be unlikely that the Department of Public Works would move there since it would require building a new garage to house it.

FUNDING OPTION

A county account that earns money from mortgage tax on real-estate transactions filed in the County Clerk’s Office has between $700,000 and $800,000 in it.

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