State transfers Tryon to county

PERTH – As expected, the state has transferred the 515-acre, former Tryon Detention Center site on County Highway 107 to the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency.

“It is complete,” IDA Executive Director James Mraz said Friday.

He said the deed was filed with the County Clerk’s Office in Johnstown.

“We’re very excited,” Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rick Argotsinger said Friday. “It’s a big step for our economic development program in the county.”

Mraz told his board earlier this week the state would likely transfer title of the Tryon property to the IDA by week’s end.

The IDA is working with Fulton County to redevelop it into a proposed Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center.

“It has taken a lot of work where we are today and there’s a lot of work to go before transforming [Tryon] into shovel-ready sites,” Mraz said.

Empire State Development President, Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner Kenneth Adams released a statement Friday on behalf of the state’s effort with the Tryon transfer.

“The completion of the transfer of the Tryon Boys and Girls Center to the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency is great news and a win-win for the Mohawk Valley region,” Adams stated. “This progress will allow the IDA to move forward with plans to redevelop the more than 500 acre property in the towns of Perth and Johnstown into an industrial and commercial business park that will produce significant economic benefit to the local area, attracting new investment, expanding the tax base and bringing new jobs to the region.”

Adams said the successful transfer of the Tryon facility, conducted in partnership with Fulton County, the state Office of General Services and the state Office of Children and Family Services, also is a “model for the reuse opportunities of other large institutional properties as the state continues to right-size government and work more efficiently.”

“With this transfer complete, Fulton County will have an asset that it can market to attract new businesses and jobs,” Adams said.

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