New return center eyed for building

GLOVERSVILLE-The Common Council unanimously accepted the bid of Joe Semione to purchase the former Water Department building, which will be converted into a recyclable redemption facility.

He bought the building on the corner of North Main Street and Third Avenue for $26,500. Semione said he will turn the building into a second bottle and can return service for his business, Perfect Redemption Bottle and Can Return, after some repairs to the structure are complete.

Semione already has a recycling center located in the old Meco Fire Department building that opened during the summer.

Semione said he may look to use the garage space of the water building for some of his equipment and vehicles for his other business Perfection Cleaning.

“All of our vans are outside right now so we are hoping can fit them in the garage over there,” Semione said.

Semione said the building should be ready to use in about a month.

“We are looking to really make it a nice building again,” Semione said. “We don’t want it to be just another old building in Gloversville.”

City Assessor Joni Dennie previously said she valued the property at $47,900. She said the garage area is in average condition and all other areas of the building are only useful as storage. She said the second floor had water damage to the ceilings and the building needed a new roof.

The city Water Department relocated in December from the building to a central location on South Main Street. This spring, the department plans to move its offices out of City Hall to the new building, which will serve as the central office of the city Water Department.