QUEENSBURY — EDC Warren County is developing a strategy to market land suitable for industrial development in the vicinity of Warren County airport and South Queensbury as an “opportunity zone.”
The zone would include Queensbury Business Park, which EDC Warren County owns; the Warren-Washington Counties Industrial Development Agency industrial park, which includes property in Washington County, private industrial property developer Vic Macri owns near the Walmart on Quaker Road, the former Ciba-Geigy property on Lower Warren Street and about 60 acres of Warren County airport land that has been set aside for development of aviation industry-related uses.
“There’s potentially about 800 acres that are available (for development),” said Edward Bartholomew, president of EDC Warren County, at the group’s monthly board meeting on Tuesday.
Instead of marketing properties individually, EDC Warren County would market a package of suitable sites within the zone to prospects.
“We need to have a more comprehensive plan,” Bartholomew said.
EDC Warren County will seek funding in the next round of state regional economic development council grants to prepare site-specific information about properties and develop the marketing plan.
“This will analyze from a property point of view,” Bartholomew said.
An exact dollar amount has not yet been determined, but it probably will be in the range of $50,000 to $75,000, he said.
The plan will focus on the benefits of being near Warren County airport, said Queensbury Supervisor John Strough, a member of the EDC Warren County board.
“Businesses like to locate close to an airport,” he said.