Dutchess County wants to buy building for public defender’s office

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Government is looking to purchase a three-story office/retail building at 45 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, not far from the county office building to house a growing public defender’s office.
Assistant County Executive William O’Neill told county lawmakers Thursday evening the current offices are not conducive for the work of those attorneys and staff. He called the working conditions non-productive with overcrowding.
“It does make sense that they have their own building because the clients who come there should have the privacy of meeting with their attorneys,” O’Neill said.
The private company that owns the 16,000-square foot building is offering to sell it to the county for $625,000. It has been appraised for $780,000. The cost of build-out has been estimated at $1.25 million.
Because of reimbursements and other funding sources, O’Neill said the county would not have to bond for the purchase.