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Warren Co. may move tourism dept. into busy shopping district

Warren County officials are now considering establishing a new tourism Information center on Rte. 9  north of Northway Exit 20.  This vacant building, beside Orvis Factory outlet on the west side of Rte 9, was named as a potential site for the center.  The entire county tourism department would be moved to the new location, to free up space at the county Municipal Center for the court system which needs more room.

Warren County officials are now considering establishing a new tourism Information center on Rte. 9 north of Northway Exit 20. This vacant building, beside Orvis Factory outlet on the west side of Rte 9, was named as a potential site for the center. The entire county tourism department would be moved to the new location, to free up space at the county Municipal Center for the court system which needs more room. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Years ago, the county leaders considered buying the former Basketville store on Rte. 9 to serve as a tourist information center. Over the past 20 years, several other sites were also under consideration — including where the county jail now stands.

The idea of moving the agency gained traction this last week after Merlino and county Budget Officer Kevin Geraghtyvisited the new county tourism information kiosk in the Adirondack Factory Outlet Mall on Rte. 9. Merlino said the county tourism employee there passed out more brochures in one week than are distributed in a full year to visitors dropping into the agency’s present office. Geraghty agreed that the kiosk was busy.

“i couldn’t believe how many people stopped and looked at the tourism brochures,” he said. “Moving the department to where there’s more traffic may have its advantages.”

Geraghty and county Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec said they both wanted to examine the net cost and benefits associated with such a move of the tourism department.

“”I’ve got to see the numbers,” Stec said.

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