Fencing plan foiled by lack of interest

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency received no written quotes, as of Tuesday’s deadline, from firms to take down security fencing at the former Tryon campus.

“We did not receive any,” IDA Executive Director James Mraz said Wednesday.

Interested persons or firms had until late Tuesday afternoon to submit written quotes to not only take down the fencing, but pay the IDA for the materials.

Mraz had told the IDA board of directors last week that the agency cast a “fairly wide distribution” net seeking potential firms to seek quotes.

The IDA had put out request for quotes – or RFQs – requesting payment quotes to remove existing fencing at Tryon as part of a planned 2014 construction project.

Mraz said Wednesday the IDA has a few options available to eventually deal with the fencing.

“I’ve got to talk to the board,” he said. “Redoing [the RFQ] is a possibility. Or we may have to tear it down as part of the construction project next year.”

The IDA is attempting to secure a deed for the 515-acre Tryon property from the state. The agency is planning to redevelop the site into a proposed Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center. A planned future project includes 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.

The IDA was seeking a person or firm responsible for removal from the site all fencing materials, including about 4,431 linear feet of chain link fence. The agency intended to enter into an agreement with a firm willing pay the highest amount to the IDA to remove the fencing and lighting materials, although no work was to begin until the IDA took title to Tryon.