County waiting for deed to Tryon

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency next month could enter its third year without obtaining a state-promised deed to the former Tryon Detention Center, which the county wants to redevelop into a business park.

The IDA wants to turn the 515-acre Tryon site on County Highway 107 into a 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 not yet transferred the deed.

“All the documents have been signed and received back from [state] Empire State Development,” IDA Executive Director James Mraz said Friday. “Additional signatures are needed from old, dated leases tied to the property.”

IDA officials had hoped the transfer would have taken place by the end of 2013.

Mraz said he has been updated on the deed transfer situation by IDA attorney Kara Lais, who couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.

The IDA board is expected to receive another update on the pending deed transfer at its annual meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Fort Johnstown Annex.

The IDA?began the Tryon redevelopment project’s state Environmental Quality Review process in October, even though the agency hasn’t received title for the property yet. 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 would be retained at Tryon for creation of a Regional Business Training Center.

Fulton County obtained a $2 million state Empire Development Grant to be used to pay for the road, water and sewer upgrades.

The plan is for nine large sites totaling 240 acres to offer 2.6 million square feet to attract large companies. Other smaller Tryon lots also would be available for development. Mraz said that amount of space is larger than Gloversville’s Crossroads Industrial Park and the Johnstown Industrial Park combined.

Mraz said an “internal loop” road will be created at the heart of the Tryon site, which is mostly in the town of Perth but also is in the town of Johnstown.

He said the plan is to keep some of the core buildings from the old Tryon facility intact. They include a full-size gym, an Olympic-size pool and a 250-seat auditorium.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at