IDA begins Tryon review process

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency recently started the state Environmental Quality Review process for redevelopment of the former Tryon Youth Detention Facility into a proposed Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center.

The IDA took action on the SEQR, agency Executive Director James Mraz told the Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee last week.

The IDA currently is attempting to secure a deed for the 515-acre Tryon property from the state.

Mraz, also the county’s planning director, said his office has met with C.T. Male Associates of Latham on the proposed redevelopment project.

“We’re working with C.T. Male on a regular basis,” Mraz told supervisors.

Mraz said the IDA recently proposed itself as lead agency for the SEQR process.

The proposed project includes the potential physical alteration of 10 acres of land, construction of new internal access roads and a stormwater collection system, and the renovation of sewer pump stations.

He said that because the proposed action involves physical alteration of more than 10 acres of land, it is classified as a Type I Action under SEQR.

Mraz said a building known as Building No. 3 will be retained at Tryon for creation of a Regional Business Training Center. He said there are “several wetland areas” on the Tryon site, but none to be impacted by this project. He said four buildings will need to be removed, prior to construction of the new road.

Involved agencies through the Tryon SEQR process are: Fulton County IDA, Fulton County, Gloversville Water Board, Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility, Empire State Development Corp., state Department of Environmental Conservation, and state Department of Health.

Interested agencies include: Perth Town Planning Board, city of Gloversville, state Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.