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County to consolidate mental health under one roof

Former Topper Pontiac to replace Saratoga Hospital offices

The former Topper Pontiac building, at 135 South Broadway, will house the Cramer Facility, which is a state Office of Mental Health-licensed facility.

The former Topper Pontiac building, at 135 South Broadway, will house the Cramer Facility, which is a state Office of Mental Health-licensed facility. Photo by Marci Revette.

— “The idea is to have the ability over time to locate all of our mental health clinics at one location, which will save money in the long run,” said Ryan Moore, of the County Administrator’s Office.

The building on South Broadway is owned by Frank Parillo of Saratoga Prime Properties. Parillo also owns properties like the Wilton Travel Plaza and Saratoga Strike Zone.

Saratoga County will lease the building from Parillo for $28,151 per month, plus taxes, water and sewer charges and all other maintenance costs. In comparison, the county currently pays about $350,000 in rent every year between the three facilities it runs now.

The County Board of Supervisors approved entering into the lease agreement on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Under the lease, the rent will increase by three percent in years four, six, eight and 10 of the lease. The base monthly rent for those years will increase to $28,996 in years four and five, $29,866 in years six and seven, $30,762 in years eight and nine and $31,685 in the 10th year of the lease.

Greenfield Supervisor Dick Rowland, who is head of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, was happy for the successful end to the search and feels that the former Topper Pontiac building will be a good fit for the county.

“Having this building will allow for the consolidation of services and will be a much more functional space,” said Rowland. “I think the realization that it will be their home for a while will be good.”

Rowland said he anticipates the lease to be signed before the end of the year, but the committee will probably ask for an extension on their lease at Saratoga Hospital because the move-in date into the Topper building is projected for late July.

Yepsen was also pleased with the building her committee selected.

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