SCHENECTADY — Schenectady County officials on Tuesday formally dedicated the new Department of Motor Vehicles office, at 2025 State St., just west of Balltown Road.
The office actually moved from downtown Schenectady last week, following more than a year of planning and extensive renovations to the former International House of Pancakes building, which had been vacant since 2014.
"The new location is allowing us to modernize our DMV and be more attentive to our customers' needs, including the ability to add kiosk services and new stations for driver's licenses and learner's permits," said County Clerk John Woodward, whose office oversees DMV transactions.
The new building has more space than the previous location, at 267 State St., and also has its own parking lot, which the previous site lacked. It also has a larger public waiting area, and the number of customer service windows is increasing from eight to 10.
Woodward said the office serves about 1,000 visitors per day and processes about 100,000 driver or vehicle transactions per year.
The former DMV location downtown is set to be sold to Antonio Civitella, the CEO of Transfinder and founder of the New York BizLab business accelerator, for an expansion of the BizLab, which currently has six tenants.
The $250,000 Civitella is paying will help offset the $1.4 million cost of the move, but county officials said there will also be operational savings. Specifically, they said the county will save $30,000 per year by not needing to lease parking space, and they also expect to increase revenue by doing more transactions at the new location, which is close to large car dealerships nearby.
"Not only will this new facility improve customer service at the DMV and fill an empty building on State Street, but it will allow the BizLab to use the county's old DMV building to further expand and recruit new businesses to our rejuvenated downtown," said County Legislature Chairman Anthony Jasenski, D-Rotterdam.
Customers passed in and our of the building Tuesday, as county officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside.