The word is that the closing on the sale of this building, the problem-ridden home of the Department of Social Services for more than two decades, is set for today. The buyer is Columbia County; the purchase price is $1.2 million.
At a special meeting of the Common Council last night, the Council passed a resolution to accept the settlement of $82,500 in back taxes and PILOT payments from the building's owner, Anthony Concra, thus eliminating the single remaining obstacle to the sale. Tom Casey has the story in today's Register-Star: "Council OKs Concra settlement." According to City Attorney Cheryl Roberts, some of the $82,500 will be used to pay the Hudson IDA's legal fees incurred in reaching the settlement; the rest will come back to the City.
Casey reports that Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chair Pat Grattan said that there would not be a closing until the report was received from a Phase I environmental study done on Parcel B, a small piece of land adjacent to the lot on which this building is located. Last night, however, Alderman Cappy Pierro (Fifth Ward), who as Council Majority Leader is on the IDA, said the report was in and Parcel B was "clean."