Assemblyman Chris Tague (R,C,I-Schoharie) is applauding the decision of the Greene County Legislature after they announced the 2.2-acre acquisition of land from the New York State Thruway Authority for economic development in the town of Catskill. The acquisition will be combined with the town’s Exit 21 East Property to maximize the number of lots available to developers.
The new site is adjacent to another that was home to a defunct Quality Inn, which had been left vacant for several years. After the property was transferred to the Greene County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) by the county legislature, it was demolished using funds from the Restore NY Program and a State Aid to Municipalities Grant Tague helped acquire.
“The development of this land has been a project I’ve worked on with the town, Greene County IDA, and state agencies to move forward for quite some time now, so after enduring some setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am excited that Catskill will now have an even greater area of land to develop and grow into,” said Tague.
As the Greene County IDA works in collaboration with the town to develop shovel-ready sites, it is projected that the land will increase available redevelopment acreage by 40%.
“Greene County is an area on the rise that will benefit tremendously from the hospitality businesses that will come to occupy this space,” said Tague. “Putting this parcel back to work and on the tax roll for the town is something many in the area have been waiting to see, so I look forward to working with local partners to breathe new life into this land.”