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Tryon moving closer to previous employment levels with Vireo Health

Fulton County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Mraz gives a report recently to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors' Economic Development & Environment Committee at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — With Vireo Health’s recently announced expansion, the Tryon Technology Park in Perth may be up to the same employment level as the state’s Tryon Detention Facility when it was closed a decade ago.

The state shut down the detention facility for youth in 2011 and the campus was later deeded to the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency.

IDA Executive Director James Mraz recently gave an update on the Tryon Technology Park to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development & Environment Committee at the County Office Building.

Medical cannabis manufacturer Vireo Health figured large in Mraz’s presentation to supervisors.

He noted the company inside the park — currently employing about 50 — is undergoing a major $55 million expansion. Vireo is building a new 324,000-square-foot building for a project looking to create 180 new full-time job within two years.

Construction is expected to be completed by April 2022.

Mraz said that with the additional jobs, a total of 230 people will be working at the Tryon Technology Park. He said that figure is “just as many” as worked at the Tryon Detention Facility when it was shut down in 2011.

The pay for the jobs at Vireo are expected at these salaries: Management – $55,000 to $65,000 per year; professional — $100,000 to $110,000 per year; administrative — $24 per hour; production — $22 per hour; and others — $18 per hour.

He said new projects at Tryon are putting 145 acres of land and four buildings back on the tax rolls. Tax revenue will increase for Fulton County, the town of Perth and the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District. He said no taxes have been paid there since the 1960s.

Meanwhile, Mraz said the IDA continues to be involved in other projects in and around the technology park, including the Nexus Renewable project.

“We’re currently still marketing property at Tryon,” Mraz said. “We are getting inquiries.”

He said Jackson Demolition of Schenectady will start doing demolition work related to the Vireo Health project soon.

“We are right in the middle of all the approval processes this project requires,” he said.

Those approvals include planning, fire, state Department of Health, state Department of Environmental Conservation and others, he said.

Since work will be performed in the County Highway 117 right-of-way, Cordos Construction of Chicago will be applying for a highway work permit through Fulton County.

Cordos is constructing the project; with Filoramo Talsma Architects designing the project. C.T. Male Associates was retained by Cordos to prepare the site and civil engineering plans.

The proposed building will be 585 feet wide, 555 feet deep, and 26 feet tall. Exterior walls will be constructed with eight feet wide precast concrete panels. The precast panels will include color and texture. Green space in the front will be sodded and landscaped.

The building has been pushed back off County Highway 117 to reduce the physical presence on County Highway 117. The Tryon logo will be incorporated into the building design. Additional landscaping will be added to Vireo’s existing facility as part of the project.

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