Primed for business
Shovel-ready sites are ready for development, IDA says
More than 10 available properties are primed for business development in Chautauqua County.
They vary in acreage and utilities, and many do not have buildings located on the parcels, which means investors and developers have the ability to construct what they want. Properties are listed on the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency’s website and Statebook page.
“The experts say don’t build a specific building because if we build a 50,000-square-foot building, someone’s going to come along and want a 75,000-square-foot building,” said Kevin Sanvidge, IDA administrative director/CEO.
“What’s most important about shovel-ready (sites) is having the infrastructure in place. We have a nice mix of parcels covering the whole county,” he added.
The county is home to industrial parks in the north and south ends. They include Mason Industrial Park in Ellicott, which is home to Bush Industries and Serta, among other business, and Stoneman Business Park in the town of Busti where Southern Tier Brewery is located.
At Mason Industrial Park, three parcels of property are up for sale. Notably, the IDA is marketing 66 acres of greenfield property on Parkway Drive. The land was formerly under the ownership of Bush Industries.
In August 2016, Bush Industries sold the property to the IDA. The Chautauqua County Legislature stepped in to provide $676,800 for the purchase while Empire State Development provided a $200,000 grant. Rich Dixon, chief financial officer of the IDA, said they’re working with the county Public Facilities Department and consultants to construct a road to the parcel.
“We plan to start the infrastructure and get the road in. As level as the parcel is now, we’re really going to make it level,” he said.
A 6-acre parcel and a 3.3-acre parcel are also up for sale by the IDA at the industrial park.
On Route 20 in Ripley, a 140-acre site is available. For six years now, the parcel has been shovel-ready. It’s also listed on New York state’s website of shovel-ready properties.
“We’ve referred it to a lot of different places like Invest Buffalo Niagara,” Dixon said. “I’ve been in Texas talking to site selectors. At the end of the day, if someone wants to build something in this geographic area and they need a plot that size, they know about it.”
The county also aided the IDA with funds to acquire and develop the Ripley parcel into a shovel-ready site, which is also located near Interstate 90.
A 22-acre site on South Roberts Road in Dunkirk is in the process of being sold by the IDA to Great Lakes Cold Storage. Sanvidge said they’re presenting the company with a rendition showing two buildings at the site. A deal hasn’t been finalized yet. The site consists of three Brownfield industrial sites and is adjacent to train lines. Great Lakes Cold Storage is looking to build a storage facility for Fieldbrook Foods to store their products.
At Chadwick Bay Industrial Park in the town of Sheridan, three parcels are up for sale that are 6.4, 8 and 11 acres. Other notable parcels for sale include 3 acres of property in Jamestown’s medical corridor on Harrison Street. At the Airport Industrial Park in Ellicott, 44 acres of former farmland on Girts Road are available.
In addition, Sanvidge said the IDA is working with officials in Westfield on a 270-acre business park. The proposed site for the business park is near Route 20 and Interstate 90.
“We have the whole county covered,” Sanvidge said. “We have some near I-86, I-90 and Route 20. We have sites all throughout the county.”