Lowville (WTNY) -- The controversy over the purchase of Lewis Lanes by Lewis County earlier this week continues.
Mike Tabolt, Chairman of the Board of Legislators, held a press conference Thursday defending the $1 million purchase. The plan has come under scrutiny following the sudden deal, which will see the county purchase the bowling alley and turn the building into office space. Tabolt said the plan to move ahead with the purchase came after a deal to buy the Lowville Commons downtown fell through. The owners of Lewis Lanes approached the county with an offer to sell. Two legislators who voted for the measure initially have now publicly backed away from those votes and are asking for the project to be considered again.
A contact to purchase the building has already been finalized.