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Woman wins bid for former Fulton County Probation Department building

The former Fulton County Probation Department building on East Fulton Street in Gloversville is seen Thursday. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville woman was the sole bidder Wednesday to purchase the former Fulton County Probation Department building in Gloversville, and is eyeing the site as a wellness center.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Thursday that the public bid process to purchase the building and 64 E. Fulton St. property netted only one bidder. The bid was opened at the County Office Building.

Stead said the sole bidder was Patricia Noble of Gloversville, with a proposed $78,751 bid. He noted Fulton County had set a minimum bid of $75,000 for the probation property.

The county official said the county asked Noble to indicated what her “general” interest in the building. Stead said the bidder indicated the business would be Purple Glass Healing Arts LLC. He said it was his understanding the business would be a form of “wellness center.”

Stead said the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works and Finance committees would likely preview Noble’s proposal later this month for potential final sale approval by the full board after that.

“It’s very exciting,” Noble said Thursday about this opportunity.

She said if she doesn’t get the county bid approved, she still plans on locating Purple Glass Healing Arts somewhere.

“I’m creating this business,” she said. “I’m really thrilled about the bid.”

Noble said Purple Glass Healing Arts will be “the area’s premier healing arts center.”

“Our vision is to provide a variety of integrative wellness and personal growth services and events for our clients and community,” she said. “We are creating a synergistic healing arts center with private, affordable, long and short term office/practice and teaching space.”

Noble said there are 11 offices in the former probation building, and she would Make about seven of them available for long and short-term rental spaces. Additional spaces might be “per diem” rental for wellness events, she said.

“It just needs cosmetic upgrades,” Noble said of the building. “The building is really in good shape. I want to be up and running as soon as possible.”

She said Purple Glass Healing Arts will be launching a website in the next few weeks.

The probation building lies just east of, and behind, the Gloversville Public Library property.

Fulton County is trying to sell the building because the Probation Department in March 2019 moved into new spaces across the street at the County Annex Building at 57 E. Fulton St.

The former probation building has been vacant since county personnel moved out last spring. The Probation Department is now situated in larger spaces at the county annex. Also now housed at the annex are the county Public Defender’s Office and the county Community Services Department.

Fulton County formerly wasn’t successful in originally desiring to sell the two-story annex building. The county took that action after it transferred former county Mental Health Department’s services to St. Mary’s Healthcare, which ended up leasing that building. But the county decided after St. Mary’s got out of its annex lease to bring in probation and the public defender because both needed more space.

County supervisors have in the past discussed various options for the probation building, including leasing it, demolishing it, or retaining the building to repurpose it for future county government space.

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

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