$1.2M being spent to renovate Watertown’s Empsall’s Building

wwny $1.2M being spent to renovate Watertown’s Empsall’s Building

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - We know the project will bring more than 100 jobs into downtown Watertown, but what we didn't know is that more than $1 million will be invested into the Empsall's building to get it ready.

Parts of the Children's Home of Jefferson County are moving into that building. The makeover is expected to start at the beginning of December.

The basement of Watertown's Empsall's building will soon be the Children's Home of Jefferson County's new mental health clinic.

"This is going to so much easier for our clients to access and a better place for our employees to work," said Karen Richmond, executive director, Children's Home of Jefferson County.

The clinic will provide behavioral health and primary care to 2,000 people of all ages, but there is still some work to do.

Two grants will help pay for the $3 million project; $1.2 million will be invested into renovations.

"It's certainly, you know, a large investment into the building, you know, that coupled along with the investment that's been put into it over the last the couple years. It brings this building back and it puts into a position to be a contributing property to Watertown for the next 20 or 30 years," said Reginald Schweitzer, executive director of Neighbors of Watertown.

The first floor of the building will become the Children's Home of Jefferson County's administration and care coordination offices. A pharmacy will also be added.

And with more than 100 jobs coming to downtown soon, Schweitzer said, "It makes everybody's business a little more viable, you know, provides shoppers for any of the retail businesses, all the restaurants."

Richmond says the renovations will take 5 to 6 months to complete and children’s home hopes to be settled in by June 2020.

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