Clinton County to buy iconic Piper ‘Blue Building’

The iconic "Blue Building" was once the headquarters for Piper Aircraft Co. in Lock Haven. Clinton County government is buying it from Mercer Insurance.

LOCK HAVEN – The Clinton County commissioners announced this morning that they will buy the iconic Piper Aircraft “Blue Building” at the west end of the Piper Memorial Airport from Mercer Insurance  for $950,000.

A number of county offices, from Register and Record to auditors, will move to the location at the east end of Bald Eagle Street in the city, Commissioners Jeff Snyder, Pete Smeltz and Paul Conklin announced.

While pointing to a “growing county government,” Snyder characterized the Blue Building as an “ideal location.”

The purchase will be made for  $800,000, plus $150,000 for  the contents, which includes office furniture and other business items.

At the same time, the commissioners said the county-owned office complex housing the agricultural extension, conservation district and learning center  along Route 64 near Lamar will be closed and sold at an estimated $300,000.

In a prepared statement, the commissioners said the initiative will “put many county government services together under one roof for the convenience of those who require our services.”

Read more in Friday’s print edition of The Express.