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|Date:||1 Oct 2003 15:37:54 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Seneca County now owns majority of Depot|
FINGER LAKE TIMES
Seneca County now owns majority of Depot
By Denise M. Champagne
Tuesday, September 30, 2003
SENECA FALLS — The majority of the former Seneca Army Depot is now in the hands of Seneca County, and the remaining land is being transferred more slowly than originally scheduled.
The county Industrial Development Agency Monday agreed to accept transfer of about 7,000 acres in the conservation area. The Planned Industrial Development/warehouse area and airfield parcels — of 900 and 500 acres, respectively — were not yet ready to change hands because the Army continues to clean up contaminated portions of the 10,587-acre site it abandoned in the 1990s.
The paperwork was expected to be signed today so the transfer could be completed to coincide with the end of the federal government’s fiscal year, which is today.
IDA Attorney Shawn Griffin said some asbestos still has to be checked in the warehouse and industrial areas, but the Army is committed to transferring the 26 acres for a new county jail site by Dec. 31.
The Army has also set a schedule for the cleanup of some 900 acres scattered throughout the property in the various areas. Besides the jail site, there’s an additional 57 acres in the industrial/warehouse area scheduled for cleanup in 2005 and ’06.
The 4-acre airfield parcel should be transferred early next year, with cleanup of 8.3 acres in the conservation/recreation area scheduled for September 2004. Five additional conservation/recreation parcels are also scheduled for transfers: one 55.75 acres in size in September ’05; 107 acres in ’06; 426 acres in ’07; 10.5 acres in ’10; and the last 113 acres in September 2012. The Army had already turned over about 1,100 acres to the county.
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