Ogdensburg's Odd Fellows Hall To Become New School Bus FacilityPosted: Updated:
Local developer Mike Lundy has bought Ogdensburg's Odd Fellows Hall and will turn it into a new school bus facility.
The building, located at the corner of Linden Street and Route 37, will be a new transportation center for First Student.
The $1 million project will completely re-purpose the building, while utilizing the existing parking area.
First Student has signed a long-term lease arrangement with Lundy Development and will manage busing operations for the Ogdensburg City and Lisbon School Districts out of the new centralized location.
“We have had a wonderful relationship with both the Ogdensburg City and Lisbon School Districts for decades, and this new and improved facility will only enhance that relationship and services. Its centralized location will enable us to continue to provide safe quality transportation to both districts for many years to come," said First Student Area General Manager Dave Kinley in a news release.
The re-construction project will begin as soon as the final design is complete, likely before the end of the year, said Lundy. The facility will have office space, three bus inspection bays and allow for six bays of indoor bus storage. Construction is expected to be finished in three to four months, Lundy said.
"We will basically disassemble the building and put it back together in an improved, reconfigured, taller structure that is customized to First Student’s specific needs, as well as meeting today’s current codes,” said Lundy in a news release.
In addition, a portion of the building will be leased out to the Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization, so members can continue to have a meeting and gathering space.
First Student is the largest operator of school buses in New York. The company has 54 locations in the state.