By Michael P. Sweeton
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Week of March 9, 2014
The Warwick Valley Local Development Corporation and the Town of Warwick officially took ownership of the 730-acre property at the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility at noon on Thursday, March 6. The transfer of ownership from the State of New York to the Warwick Valley LDC was the end of a long process that began when NYS first announced its intention to close the correctional facility in July, 2011. The facility was vacated in October, 2011.
Warwick Valley LDC paid $3.5 million for a 150-acre parcel of the former correctional facility property. This portion of the property, which includes existing buildings and shovel-ready building sites, will be marketed for economic development under the name Warwick Valley Office and Technology Corporate Park. A number of parties have already expressed serious interest in the location. The bulk of the property, 580 acres, was sold to the Town of Warwick for just $1 and will remain undeveloped and used for recreational and land preservation purposes.
As we work to attract business opportunities to this great location, Empire State Development will be offering economic incentives through NYS, Orange County IDA will be making local incentives available, and the Orange County Partnership will be taking the lead on marketing the property. It is this teamwork that will make this project successful and fulfill its potential to attract hundreds of jobs to the area.
This is a great opportunity for the Town of Warwick. Our residents have been very supportive of this project, and there is real excitement about seeing this property, which has been part of the Warwick community since the 1930s, redeveloped for business attraction and development. It's an added bonus that more than 500 acres will be preserved at no cost to taxpayers. This is the first time in the property’s history that it has produced tax revenues for the Town. I want to thank everyone involved who helped make this possible.
Condolences to the family of Charlie Carter, especially to his devoted and loving wife Michelle, on the loss of this dear man. Mr. Carter was the epitome of what Warwick is all about, and he will be sorely missed. Our Town has been blessed to have Charlie in our midst for these many years, and his spirit will always roam our hills.
A Public Hearing entitled “Extension of the Pine Island Water District” will be held on Thursday, March 13, at 7:00 pm in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway.
A Public Hearing entitled “Construction of Road Improvements” will be held on Thursday, March 13, at 7:00 pm in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thursday, March 13,, at 7:30 pm in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway.