IDA may get Tryon deed by end of year

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency’s attorney said Thursday the state may turn over the deed for the former Tryon Detention Center site to the IDA by year’s end.

“I would imagine we’ll probably, hopefully get the signed documents from the state and we can facilitate the closing from here,” IDA attorney Kara Lais told the IDA board at the Fort Johnstown Annex.

The IDA wants to turn the 515-acre Tryon site on County Highway 107 into a new Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center. The state first agreed in February 2012 to turn the site over to local officials. But the state has taken nearly two years to deed the title for the property to the IDA.

Lais said the state Attorney General’s Office was expected to sign off on the deed transfer this week. But she said she hopes the deed can be turned over by year’s end because she doesn’t see any “substantial issues” preventing the transfer.

“I don’t see any roadblocks in the way,” Lais said.

Most of the board discussion regarding the Tryon redevelopment project Thursday related to the state Environmental Quality Review process, which was begun Oct. 22 when it was proposed the IDA serve as lead agency for SEQR.

The IDA has been working with C.T. Male Associates of Latham. The 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. A building on campus known as Building No. 3 will be retained at Tryon for creation of a Regional Business Training Center.

IDA Executive Director James Mraz said his agency received separate letters in November from Gloversville City Attorney Anthony Casale and Johnstown City Attorney Susan Palmer Johnson requested each city be designated as an involved agency in SEQR. But he said Lais determined neither city meets the definition on an involved agency. But both cities can become “interested” agencies -participating in the review process as members of the public – but no response was received.

Mraz said input was received from these involved agencies: Fulton County Board of Supervisors, Gloversville Water Board, Empire State Development Corp., state Department of Environmental Conservation, state Department of Health and the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility.

“All of them have consented for [the IDA] to be the lead agency,” Mraz said.

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