40% of the buildings in Glens Falls are not generating property tax.
It can be challenging for a city to generate funds and prosper when many buildings sit vacant. Without those necessary taxes, schools and other social services face gaps in financial support and can become a crippling problem for a small town.
JUST was able to play a small part in putting at least one of those buildings back on the tax rolls while also inheriting a little piece of the city’s history.
Former U.S Post Office in Downtown Glens Falls being redeveloped.
So we bought a church
When we set out to set up our first facility, we desired to take an existing, abandoned building and put it back on the city’s tax rolls.
Part of investing in a community is to take a presence in the heart of it and use your investment energy to help drive restoration.
Glens Falls, like so many cities across America, have many historic buildings that can be working harder for them.
“We bought a church”
“Having the church and the school on our books was really difficult. We have a few long hard winters where energy prices were steep. Keeping up the building was diverting money away from our mission in the community.”
Major David Dean – Director of the Glens Falls Salvation Army
Before we went to work
Before we went to work converting the building we wanted to learn a little about the history of the church. It has meant a lot to the community for over a century.
Watch a time lapse movie of the early days of the first JUST facility
Keep it local
The JUST in-house lab was built with regimen developed under the guidance of a world water safety and quality authority. In addition strong quality control and assurance measures requiring hourly testing of our water, we also have ongoing testing rigor with an external lab that is certified by the Department of Health’s Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP).