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Tryon transfer waits on assessment

December 18, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Fulton County officials hoped the state would transfer the deed for the former Tryon property to the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency by year's end, but it may take several more months.

"We're guessing it will be the first quarter of 2013," IDA Executive Director James Mraz said Monday.

The IDA wants to turn the 515-acre former Tryon property into the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center on land stretching across the towns of Perth and Johnstown. State and local officials hope the redeveloped site attracts hundreds of jobs. The IDA has said the Tryon campus, with 40 existing buildings, should be ready to market with shovel-ready sites some time in 2013.

The boys side of the Tryon facility closed in 2010, and by the end of August 2011, the girls side closed as part of what the state Office of Children & Family Services said was an effort to eliminate beds in the juvenile justice system.

The state on Sept. 20 approved transfer of the property to the IDA, but the property hasn't been formally deeded over yet. Transfer of the title is pending completion of an environmental site assessment of the former Tryon site by C.T. Male Associates of Latham.

"Part of that [assessment] is obtaining records from the state Department of Environmental Conservation," Mraz said.

He said C.T. Male Associates had to seek records through DEC by sending Freedom Of Information Law, or FOIL requests, to the state. Mraz said part of the engineering firm's work includes searching for underground tanks. Mraz said C.T. Male in November submitted FOIL requests to DEC in November, and DEC said it would respond by January.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors in July approved a $132,217 contract with C.T. Male Associates of Latham for engineering services.

Fulton County officials originally expressed a hope the deed transfer from the state to IDA officials would occur by the end of 2012. The state, itself, also originally anticipated the official transfer by January.

Fulton County will be plowing snow this winter at the site. The county will be plowing up to two miles of looping access road at Tryon because the state didn't budget for it in 2013. Mraz told county supervisors in November that the state thought the deed transfer would take place before the beginning of the year so it didn't budget plowing.

The $3.14 million cost for the Tryon project includes $2 million from a state grant and a $1.14 million county share. The county share includes engineering and design costs, construction costs and costs associated with repaving County Highway 107.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at johnstown@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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