Johnson City Village Offices Now Open in New Building
The village of Johnson City's new municipal office complex is now operational.
Village departments have been moved from a former bank building at 243 Main Street to a site at 60 Lester Avenue. The complex had been home to Country Valley Industries for decades.
Mayor Martin Meaney said the process of relocating government offices started in early August. Most of the move was accomplished last week when offices were closed at the old site.
The mayor said village employees are continuing to get things set up in the new building.
While Johnson City departments now are operating at the Lester Avenue site, Meaney said "some small punch list stuff" still needs to be completed.
The new board room has yet to open. The mayor said some equipment, including electronic gear, still must be installed. He said the September village board meeting will be held in the new building.
The six-acre Lester Avenue property had been purchased by Great Eastern Hemp in 2019. The company ultimately abandoned its plan to set up a hemp processing facility at the site.
The village used the eminent domain process to acquire the property. It paid about $2.6 million for the site in December 2021.
The village board approved borrowing $12 million for the municipal office relocation project.
The building where the municipal offices had been located is to be sold.