BY LOHR McKINSTRY
---- — MINEVILLE — One Essex County lawmaker says it’s time to sell the old Republic Steel office building that the county owns in Mineville.
Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava (R-Moriah) said the massive three-story building in Moriah’s Mineville hamlet is deteriorating, has no tenants and will need major repairs soon.
Essex County is planning an auction of properties seized for non-payment of property taxes later this summer or early fall, and Scozzafava said the Republic Steel building would be an ideal candidate for that sale.
“I’d like to put it in the auction if it’s possible,” Scozzafava said at a recent County Board of Supervisors meeting. “The county isn’t doing anything with it. We should get rid of it.”
He said they may have to work on it to keep it from falling into worse condition.
“The roof is leaking. There are some repairs that are going to have to be made on it.”
Republic Steel turned the building over to the Town of Moriah after the mines closed in 1972, and the town later gave it to the county for office space.
The county tried to use the building, but department heads resisted moving to remote Mineville from Elizabethtown.
Three years ago, Essex County tried and failed to sell the Republic Steel building, County Manager Daniel Palmer noted.
“We did put it on the market once and got no response,” Douglas said. “We used a realtor that specialized in commercial properties.”
Palmer said it could easily be added to the next tax auction.
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