BELMONT — Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin said earlier this week that LRGHealthcare of Laconia was still taking to town officials about the possibility of relocation the doctors offices in the Belmont Mill to the former Northway Bank Building.
"We are still having conversations and they have only been conversations," Beaudin said.
LRGHealthcare spokeswoman Sandy Marshall said yesterday that her company is examining a number of options for Belknap Family Care Health Services but was unable to confirm the former bank building in the heart Belmont Village was one of them.
The topic came up at a selectmen's meeting held before the town's annual voting day on March 10, when the board was discussing some of the tenants that are in the mill and what could possible happened to them if it was renovated and converted into town offices.
During that discussion, Beaudin mentioned that the Family Health Care Services may be interested in the former bank building.
Since the town voted nearly 4-to-1 against spending $3.2 million on the complete mill restoration the town has been on hold as to what to do with it.
The key issue with the mill is that the fourth floor has been deemed unusable for structural reasons and the Lakes Region Community College Culinary Arts Program that was there relocated to Canterbury Shaker Village.
To fix only the fourth floor would require the Belknap Family Care Health Services, which occupy the entire third floor, to temporarily relocate — something Beaudin said she was told would not be in their best interests.
Beaudin said the town is definitely interested in having the family care services remain either in the mill or in the bank building.