When the Town of Lancaster bought the former Walden Avenue furniture plant for $1.85 million in 2003, it was supposed to be the new home of the town's police department and court system.
Five years later, the Colecraft building at 3949 Walden Ave. is basically empty. Lancaster's police are still crammed in an aged building on Pavement Road.
Only the town's detective division and staff work out of the Colecraft building - 12 employees in a 75,000-square-foot building. Some town equipment is also stored there as well.
Costs to renovate the Colecraft facility turned out to be too steep, Supervisor Robert H. Giza has said.
Critics say it's taken too much time for the Town Board to set a timetable for selling the building, returning it to the tax rolls and getting on with the business of finding a new home for the police department.
The Town Board now thinks it's time to sell the Colecraft building, too, but so far there's been no appraisal or minimum bid set.
What do you think?
--- Irene Liguori