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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • wayland parcel marked for economic growth

  • A priority of the recently adopted Steuben County Economic Development plan calls for the development of shovel-ready sites to enhance Steuben County’s basic infrastructure and to support the expansion of existing and new business development.

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  • A priority of the recently adopted Steuben County Economic Development plan calls for the development of shovel-ready sites to enhance Steuben County’s basic infrastructure and to support the expansion of existing and new business development.
    Similarly, the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Councils regional development plan called for the shovel-ready site development to help strengthen the Southern Tier’s economic development backbone.
    It was with this focus in mind that the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency partnered with JMaC Properties of New York to acquire and begin the development of a 150-acre business park in Wayland. The site is directly adjacent to Interstate 390, off of Exit 3 in Wayland, providing direct access to the interstate and markets throughout the Northeast.
    The IDA had targeted the site for development several years ago and secured a purchase option on 100 acres of the project area but never had been able to leverage the resources to completely develop the site to its fullest potential.
    With the option set to expire, the IDA forged a partnership with JMaC, who owned an adjacent 50-acre parcel. The original IDA purchase option was assigned to JMaC who exercised the agreement and purchased the property to include it as part of their development. To help facilitate the development, the IDA then declared itself lead agency for the environmental review to pre-permit the site, making it shovel-ready.
    With more than 1,400 square miles of land area, Steuben County is larger than the State of Rhode Island and does not have a developed park that can accommodate the type and size of development being proposed at this location. Once the necessary reviews are completed later this summer the site will be permitted for up to 1.3 million square feet of development, served by municipal infrastructure including access to a fiber optics backbone.
    The site is 45 minutes from Rochester providing a labor force of nearly 600,000. In addition, one-fifth of the entire US population is within a 250 mile radius, providing access to 60 million individuals within a day's drive.
    By completing the environmental review the IDA and JMaC have reduced the time frame for site development by nearly a year. Interested parties now only need to come in and complete the town site plan review process and begin construction in less than six months.

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