The town of Rotterdam has hired an engineering consultant to do programming and a conceptual design of the former Kmart building at the Rotterdam ViaPort so the town can explore the possibility of relocating its offices there.
The town voted unanimously Wednesday evening during its town board meeting to hire Albany engineering firm Barton & Loguidice for $32,000.
The firm is expected to develop a plan to reconfigure the 80,000-square-foot space to house the town’s administrative offices, police and public works departments and the justice court.
“In total, over 100 existing employees would be based out of the new location,” stated a release from The Martin Group, the public relations firm representing the town. “The Town Hall and justice court would move first, with a proposed timeline of January 1, 2022, followed by the police department by March 1, 2022.”
The move would reduce overhead costs and make the town more efficient and accessible, according to Town Supervisor Steven Tommasone.
“We are excited about the possibility of this move, and we believe that having our departments located together will increase the quality of customer service provided to our residents and create a true town center for Rotterdam located right at ViaPort,” Tommasone said in the release.
The move comes as the town has contemplated upgrades to town hall in the past.
“The Kirvin Government Center, along with other town-owned building, are expected to require significant repairs and renovations in the upcoming years, underscoring the need for alternative and more cost-effective town building options,” the release said.
The town is anticipating a long-term lease on the space and may buy it in the future, according to the release.
Fuat Agsak, the business development director for Via Properties in the U.S., declined to elaborate on the value of that commercial space. “I cannot comment on that,” Agsak said.
The current town hall — the John F. Kirvin Government Center is located at 1100 Sunrise Blvd.