Local officials hope efforts to redevelop the long-vacant former Ciba-Geigy pigment plant land will get a boost with a state grant to study potential reuse for the Queensbury site and contiguous property that lies in the city of Glens Falls.
EDC Warren County was awarded a $25,000 grant to conduct a feasibly study to address the challenges and impediments to redeveloping a stretch of land that has been dubbed the “Warren County Opportunity Zone.”
The zone includes the old Ciba-Geigy parcel, plus about 60 acres of the Warren County airport land, the Queensbury Business Park, the Warren-Washington Counties Industrial Development Agency industrial park and property owned by Vic Macri near the Walmart store on Quaker Road.
The redevelopment area is bordered on the south by the Hudson River, and the westernmost part of the zone stretches to Route 9L. It is about 800 acres in total.
The town of Queensbury has been trying to redevelop the former Ciba-Geigy parcel, which closed in 1987. The property was cleaned up in 2001.
The property is currently owned by BASF, which is the parent company of Ciba-Geigy. Economic development officials would like to see recreation and tourism-related businesses locate at the site. The Chazen Companies was hired as a consultant and then applied for inclusion in a state brownfields study.
The EDC plans to market the entire area as a whole.
Ed Bartholomew, president of EDC Warren County, said the state likes the idea of looking at two brownfield sites instead of one.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the communities to do further collaboration,” he said.
Queensbury Supervisor John Strough said he would like to see a visitors center and perhaps a community solar farm. He would also like to see sidewalks that extend to the residential area that are just adjacent.
BASF had previously rejected a proposal for a solar array.