St. Mary’s Healthcare leaving Fulton County annex building

Moving to Main Street, county mulls over possible uses of space

St. Mary's Healthcare will soon be moving out of the Fulton County Annex Building on East Fulton Street in Gloversville, pictured Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

GLOVERSVILLE — St. Mary’s Healthcare plans to vacate its mental health clinic offices at the Fulton County Annex Building on East Fulton Street Sept. 24, after nearly seven years of leasing space from the county.

The private health care company plans to consolidate all clinic services into the downtown Argersinger Building.

Substance abuse clinics are already run out of the Argersinger Building, and St. Mary’s would move all its Gloversville-based services into that North Main Street building.

Meanwhile, Fulton County supervisors this week discussed what to do with the annex. One scenario raised was having the county Probation Department — across the street from the annex — move into the annex. The Gloversville Public Library may be interested in probation’s building and parking area, county officials said.

“It’s something we’ll look at over the next month or so,” county Administrative Officer Jon Stead told the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee on Monday.

County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost announced to that committee that St. Mary’s Healthcare plans to move out of the county annex at 57 E. Fulton St. by October.

The former Fulton County Mental Health Clinic was located at the county annex for years before being transitioned to the private Amsterdam-based St. Mary’s Healthcare on Dec. 31, 2011. St. Mary’s has maintained a clinic since then, using about 5,000 to 6,000 square feet of the annex, leasing the building from the county at a cost of about $100,000 annually.

Yost said St. Mary’s plans to consolidate all its Gloversville-based clinic services in about 9,800 square feet of space at the Argersinger Building, 73 N. Main St.

Stead said he and Yost and others will be kicking around “ideas” on what to do with the vacated county annex space.

County Director of Community Services Ernest Gagnon also announced what he said was a Sept. 24 move to a different county panel. He informed the Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee on Tuesday of St. Mary’s pending move.

Gagnon said locks to the exterior of the building and cleanup of St. Mary’s spaces will need to be done after their move.

The county Probation Department, run by Director Cynthia Licciardi, is located at 64 E. Fulton St. It is across from the annex and next to the library.

“Cynthia Licciardi and I talked,” Gagnon said. “She would be willing to move across the street and sell that [probation] building to the library,” Gagnon said.

Stead reiterated for the Human Services Committee that county officials will be evaluating the situation.

He said Fulton County also may have a future need for “expanded public defender offices,” that might be right for the annex. The office of Public Defender Gerard McAuliffe is currently run out of the Johnstown Professional Office Building, 55 E. Main St., in Johnstown.

Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Marie Bornt, chairwoman of the Human Services Committee, commented Tuesday that the Gloversville Public Library previously was “very interested” in the probation site. She asked if the library still was.

“I don’t think they’re ready for that,” Stead said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.