Posted at: 08/15/2013 12:50 PM
By: WNYT Staff / Dan Bazile
ALBANY - An announcement was made on Thursday about the future of Building 5 at the Harriman State Office Campus.
The building has been vacant since 2004, after the DOT left new office space in Colonie.
The state is planning to refit the building at a $47 million cost.
Workers will move in to work at administrative services for about 60 State Agencies.
It will be called a Business Service Center.
Duffy says it will save $17 million over 10 years, and $81 million over 20 years.
He adds it was a cheaper option than renting existing office space.
Construction should begin this fall, and last 18 months.
Local officials, including Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, say they are taking a look at the rest of the campus to try to renovate and refit it for private entity, and bring some of the land back on the tax roll.