MINEVILLE -- Anyone with an office in the former Moriah Community Building here has to get out.

Essex County, which owns the three-story wood-frame structure, has decided to close it up for the winter.

That means the local Girl Scouts, Essex County Literacy Volunteers and X-Earth all have to be out by Sept. 30.

The Town of Moriah had been using the building as temporary quarters for the Moriah Health Center, but a new health-care facility opened in the Moriah Business Park in June.

So the town turned the building back over to Essex County, Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava (R-Moriah) said.

"We wish we didn't have to do it, that they could stay, but there are some uses for that building that we're exploring. There are three dire needs in southern Essex County: day care, assisted living and senior housing."

The County Board of Supervisors has some excellent leads on providing those services in the building, which once housed the Republic Steel offices when the iron mines in Moriah were operating, he said.

"For now, we're going to winterize the building, but I think we'll have an announcement before too long. It should be good news."

The County Board of Elections has also looked at utilizing some of the space in the large building, Republican Election Commissioner Lewis Sanders said.

Of the building's tenants, the Girl Scouts are looking for new space, and X-Earth, the local corporation that owns mineral rights to the old mines, mostly used it for records storage.

Literacy Volunteers is moving to a building in downtown Port Henry owned by Sharon and Gary Cooke.


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