County OKs RFPs for plan

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County government Monday took action involving development of the former Tryon Detention Center, although the site is now owned by the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency.

The county has been working on the project with the IDA, which recently secured a deed from the state for the 515-acre site on County Highway 107 in Perth.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized distribution of requests for proposal to create a marketing plan for the site. The IDA wants to redevelop it into a proposed Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center, with shovel-ready sites. The IDA has said the name of the site may be changed in the future.

The county’s 2014 capital plan identifies a “Jump Start Fulton County” item to hire a marketing firm to prepare a plan. The IDA has been awarded a $75,000 grant under National Grid’s Strategic Economic Development Outreach Program to use in conjunction with county funds to hire a professional marketing firm. RFPs are to be into the office of county Administrative Officer Jon Stead by 2 p.m. March 5, at which time they will be opened.

County Planning Director James Mraz, also IDA executive director, has said the marketing firm will be hired April 14. The marketing plan will be completed this fall, with completion of a direct marketing campaign next winter.

Also in conjunction with the capital plan, the board approved a $5,000 agreement with C.T. Male Associates of Latham to provide an engineering evaluation of the existing backup generator at the Tryon site.

The board on Monday also authorized the Fulton County Demolition Team to demolish Tryon buildings owned by the IDA.

“There’s four buildings that are earmarked for demolition,” county Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard told supervisors.

Bouchard said all fees for the project will be paid for by the IDA. That includes a state Department of Labor notification fee of between $2,000 to $4,000 and for any air monitoring costs required during demolition, as well as a $25 per ton disposal fee to the county Department of Solid Waste.

The Tryon site has about 40 existing buildings.

Last month, Bouchard told supervisors the four buildings to be razed were deemed “unsafe” and “dangerous,” condemned by county Code Enforcement Officer Allan Polmateer.

Mraz has said the plan is to keep “core buildings” from the old Tryon days intact. They include a full-size gym, Olympic-size pool and 250-seat auditorium. In the future, he said, there might be a need for meeting space as well as recreational space for businesses.

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