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Maritime Center needs an anchor

Glenville facility in need of tenant after BOCES leaves because of funding cuts

Capital Region Maritime Center is hoping to attract a new tenant to fill its vacant facility near Glenville along the Mohawk River.

Before Capital Region BOCES left the center when its lease expired at the end of June, Chester Watson, president of the Board of Directors for the Maritime Center, asked the Glenville Town Board for any help it could offer in finding a new tenant. The center is in a unique predicament though because it needs to find an organization teaching low- to moderate-income students. The stipulation is from the terms of a loan the center received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which the center still owes $390,000.

Maritime Center officials would have preferred to find a new tenant before BOCES left, and there aren't any solid leads currently, said Watson on Tuesday, July 5. The search still continues, with town officials hoping to not have another vacant building.

We just keep cranking along and talking to people, said Watson. "We are in the process of trying to put together a website and putting together more of an action plan, a community outreach action plan."

Watson said he has remained optimistic the center will be able to find a new tenant even if what is offered is different from BOCES. Because a tenant needs to offer an educational experience, he previously had reached out to local schools and colleges.

There have been discussions with staff from Eximius Education Foundation, which also has looked at the former Draper School in Rotterdam but decided against it. Student enrollment would exceed the current space offered at the facility, which is 10,000 square feet on 901 Maritime Road in Alplaus, if Eximius decided to move in. Architects and grant writers have visited the facility of behalf of the group.

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