Lewis County Industrial Development Agency officials are hoping to soon close on the former Climax Manufacturing Co. building and use it to house multiple businesses and other organizations. The Watertown Daily Times reports that IDA Executive Director Eric Virkler said his agency could close on the 170,000-square-foot building as soon as the next week or two.
As part of the deal, Carthage Specialty Paperboard, which has been using part of the building for warehousing space, could continue to use 80,000 square feet, another business is very interested in leasing space and a few others have been informally approached.
There was also some discussion at Thursday’s meeting about the possibility of Lewis County leasing some office space in the former manufacturing facility. The former mill still contains some old equipment and chemicals, and IDA officials said some kind of disposal plan will need to be in place before they will take title to the property.