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Bethlehem district offices hit market at $650k

The asking price for the Bethlehem Central School District offices in Delmar is $650,000.

The Multiple Listing Service entry for the school property at 90 Adams Place hit the web late Wednesday night, July 27.

In 2009, the property was valued at $670,000, but the housing market has undergone some serious shifts since that assessment.

The 6,850-square-foot building also up for lease at $11/sq.ft. boasts central air conditioning and private parking for 24 vehicles. Non-educational uses would require a variance.

The idea of selling the district offices was raised by a think tank the district convened to study its long-term fiscal position. That committee also suggested shuttering an elementary school, and the school board voted in late March to close Clarksville. There are no plans to sell that building

The building is home to the superintendent's offices, the registrar and other functions, but when it comes to moving the business and finance operations will require the heaviest lift. The district's recent facility feasibility study suggests the business offices could be moved to a loft space over the High School Library Media Center and other offices could be located in a set of classroom spaces. This wouldn't impact class size or programming, according to the district.

The cost of the move is pegged at $42,800. The district won't embark on that project until more is known about the value of the office building and the sale process.

Check back to www.spotlightnews.com and see the August 2 print edition of The Spotlight for more on this story.

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