FARMINGTON —  Five agencies will open for business Monday in the new Bubier building at 165 Front St.

The Greater Franklin Development Corp., Western Mountains Alliance, Women’s Business Center and Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments have moved from Church Street Commons to the new building. The law office of DR Haszko will share space with AVCOG, with each of them there two days a week, Alison Hagerstrom, executive director of Greater Franklin Development Corp., said.

The agencies have worked together by renting space in the same location and their activities in economic development, she said. Haszko has recently helped two Franklin County residents acquire patents for their inventions.

“We’re all busy but excited,” she said of the move.  “We’re still downtown but not taking prime retail space.”

While many enjoyed a day off Friday, Hagerstrom enlisted some help from her husband, Tom, to continue unpacking and prepare to open Monday.

Small offices for each agency surround a common reception and kitchen area upstairs. Jon and Lois Bubier razed a small garage on the property and intend to lease the main floor while opening a small restaurant called The Company on the lower level.

The four agencies decided to move before the November referendum, in case voters backed the county’s plan to move offices to Church Street Commons, Hagerstrom said. That plan was rejected.

Hagerstrom is now helping owners Joe Carlson and Steve Braconi of Massachusetts develop the empty spaces on Church Street.

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