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Counties may share industrial park site

June 12, 2010
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Fulton and Montgomery counties are pressing ahead with exploration of a possible new shared industrial park on land off Route 30A, just south of the Johnstown Industrial Park.

Officials this week said there have been some recent meetings, and both counties' economic development committees may be taking up the issue in the near future.

Fulton County is spearheading discussion about the park, as the Fulton County Economic Development Corp. set up meetings earlier this spring in a discussion that is ongoing.

Montgomery County Director of Economic Development and Planning Kenneth Rose said the park would be built on between 250 and 300 acres. The land straddles the county line.

"We would like to discuss the regional nature of doing something with Montgomery County," Michael Reese, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Fulton County EDC, said Wednesday. "It could be a wonderful project."

Johnstown Mayor Sarah Slingerland and Mohawk Town Supervisor Greg Rajkowski this week confirmed they have been meeting about the possibilities of the new park and revenue sharing between the municipalities.

"We continue to be in discussion about possibilities we might have," Slingerland said. "Basically, it's a regional economic initiative."

On the possibility of revenue sharing, Slingerland said, "all options are open."

"We are meeting," Rajkowski added Wednesday. "It's just a conceptual thing right now."

Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Fagan said in March that one of the reasons for the new industrial park is that EDC officials have alluded to a large international company that wanted to move into the area but couldn't find enough land on Route 30A. Now, he said, both counties want to be ready to accommodate a large business.

"I think they're still trying to work out the details," Fagan said Wednesday of the bi-county industrial park idea.

He said he attended a meeting in recent weeks with Slingerland, EDC Senior Vice President Jeff Bray and Montgomery County officials to talk about annexation and revenue-sharing issues. He said work is being done behind the scenes.

"It's just being done quietly because they're trying to get everyone on board," Fagan said. "I think it's something we really have to look at."

The Johnstown Industrial Park and the Crossroads Industrial Park on Route 29 in Gloversville each have just one lot left undeveloped, he said.

The Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency owns the Florida Business Park on Route 5S and the Glen Canal View Business Park in Glen.

No new industrial parks have been established in Fulton County in the last decade.

In September 2007, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors conducted an economic summit in Johnstown in which local leaders from the public and private sectors said the area needs more "shovel-ready" sites.

Michael Anich can be reached by e-mail at johnstown@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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