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Moriah to seek economic development

Business, jobs to be sought in 2014

Economic development will be a top priority for Moriah officials in 2014.

Economic development will be a top priority for Moriah officials in 2014.

— Economic development will be a top priority for Moriah officials in 2014.

“We want to attract businesses and jobs to Moriah,” Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. “We plan to work closely with the IDA (Essex County Industrial Development Agency) to fill the available lots at the industrial park.”

The Moriah Business Park is now home to Pre-Tech Plastics, High Peaks Hospice and Hudson Headwaters Health Network.

It has four available lots, Scozzafava said.

Last fall IDA officials announced plans to construct a new 3,000 square foot building at the site.

“The Moriah park is full; we have no (building) space left to offer,” Jodi Olcott, IDA co-director, said. “We’re confident we can attract business to Moriah, if we have available space. We believe we can offer a small, energy-efficient space with little overhead to an interested business.”

Olcott said space at the Moriah Business Park is affordable, pointing out commercial space rents for about $10 a square foot in Plattsburgh and $4 in Moriah.

Olcott said permits allow for a 10,000 square foot building on the site, so the new 3,000 square foot building can be expanded, if needed.

The Moriah Business Park is “shovel ready,” Olcott said. All permits are in place for construction at the site, which has been prepared by students in the environmental science classes at nearby Champlain Valley Tech.

The expansion project will be unique, Olcott said, because the new building will be constructed by a private contractor with help from CV-Tech’s building and trades classes.

Using student labor, the IDA hopes to finish the building in 2014 and complete the parking lot and landscaping in the spring of 2015.

Moriah officials have also joined with the village of Port Henry to apply for a grant to study possible development of the Lake Champlain shoreline.

“Tim Garrison is very active exploring possibilities along the lake,” Scozzafava said. “We believe there are opportunities there for growth.”

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