Fulton County is getting closer to taking ownership of the former Tryon Residential Center, which the county aims to turn into a business technology park.
The county has been making great progress. New York state and the county now are working on a draft agreement for the transfer. The county Industrial Development Agency could end up the owner of the expansive site of 40 buildings and 300 acres on Maloney Road in Perth.
The plan for the technology park, which would be called the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center, is a good one. The plan has great potential for business development and could help the county climb out of the economic doldrums. In addition to providing jobs, businesses moving into the park would increase tax revenue for the county and the Broadalbin-Perth school district.
County officials deserve credit for their foresight in pushing this project, which would receive a $2 million state grant. They want to hire an engineer, title company and surveyor in April and, once the park is ready, lease existing buildings for warehousing, storage and office uses, as well as startup or early-stage companies.
An issue related to the Tryon project is ownership of a sewer line that extends from the former Tryon facilities to the site of the planned Walmart Supercenter in Gloversville.
The city is considering taking ownership of the sewer line from the state, which sounds like a reasonable plan. If the city owns the line, it would have control over sewer services for anticipated development around the new store.
As the county develops the technology park, officials should ask for more grants to improve it and attract businesses. The park could lead to positive change for Fulton County. Local residents have reason to be excited about it.