What’s next for Watertown’s call center building?

wwny What’s next for Watertown’s call center building?

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Concentrix plans to close its doors soon, leaving 76,000 square feet in downtown Watertown vacant.

The Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency, the building’s owner, is now trying to determine the best use for it.

“That could include sale of the building, it could be leasing it to other community agencies and organizations. It could be and we certainly hope it does include an additional, perhaps new smaller call center where we would do something to cultivate that and perhaps, lastly, a high tech center where we would cultivate new technologies and use some of that space to encourage that type of development,” said Don Alexander, chief executive officer of the JCIDA.

The JCIDA has formed a building and grounds committee to look at the options. Alexander says that several individuals, companies and organizations have walked through the facility.

“Some 2 and 3 times as they begin to formulate how they might best use that building,” he said.

Alexander says if the organization decides to lease the building, the space could be divided to accommodate several different groups. He says the JCIDA is trying to encourage a use that would bring larger benefits to the community and potentially help with Watertown’s downtown revitalization plans.

“Because the building is so centrally located and we believe one of the best examples of good potential office space, it holds a lot of promise to help with the DRI activities going on in downtown Watertown, so we’re taking all of that into account,” he said.

The executive director of The WorkPlace, Cheryl Mayforth, says Friday is the final day for most of the employees.

Alexander says Concentrix will be officially finished with the building September 30.

He says hopefully the building and grounds committee will make a recommendation to the board on what course of action to follow within the month.

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