County may try to sell building in Gloversville

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County is planning to appraise its Gloversville-based annex as a precursor to possibly selling the former county mental health clinic building.

The 10,000-square-foot building at 57 E. Fulton St. used to be the mental health clinic. The building is currently used by a few members of the county’s Community Services Department. It is mainly leased to Amsterdam-based St. Mary’s Healthcare for private mental health services needed in the community.

County government in the beginning of 2012 ceased operating its two Gloversville-based mental health clinics for cost-saving reasons. They were the former mental health clinic at the annex on East Fulton Street and the addiction clinic at 73 N. Main St.

St, Mary’s Healthcare’s current lease at the annex runs until Dec. 31.

County Director of Community Services Ernest Gagnon said county supervisors in recent years have been interested in selling the building.

“St. Mary’s is interested in extending the lease. They’re not interested in buying it,” Gagnon said.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee last week authorized a county agreement for $1,250 with Sterling Appraisal Co. of Mechanicville, Saratoga County, to prepare an appraisal of the annex. The full board will consider final approval Monday.

The committee on April 28 directed county Planning Director James Mraz to obtain quotes from commercial appraisers to appraise the East Fulton Street building.

Besides Sterling, two other quotes were received from John Mattas of Amsterdam, not to exceed $1,800 or $40 per hour; and Upstate Appraisal of Clifton Park, $2,000 for appraisal and $1,200 for an evaluation report.