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Tryon site studied

November 9, 2012
MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - An engineering firm is doing an environmental review this week of the former Tryon property as a precursor to the state formally turning the site over to the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency.

A report on the findings, which includes an asbestos review, could be completed for the IDA by year's end.

"That would set the stage for the closing," IDA Executive Director James Mraz told his board Thursday.

The state on Sept. 20 approved transfer of the former Tryon property to the IDA. The IDA wants to turn the 515-acre 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 new investment and hundreds of new jobs.

Mraz has said the site, which has 40 existing buildings, should be ready to market with shovel-ready sites by sometime in 2013.

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

IDA and Fulton County government have been working closely since the Tryon facility was closed by the state in August 2011.

The existing access road into the campus would be deeded to the county to own, operate and maintain it as a county road. The proposed $3.14 million cost for the 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.

Mraz on Thursday said C.T. Male has been at Tryon this week doing environmental site survey work. He said Carol's Abstracting Services of Gloversville is also working on a title search.

"Everything is moving along," he said of the project.

Mraz said C.T. Male had to request more documentation from the state for the asbestos testing, which has become slightly more involved.

"There's probably going to be a little more testing than we had hoped for," he said.

He said the IDA budgeted $7,000 for testing, but that work may end up costing about $1,000 to $1,500 more.

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.



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