LYONS FALLS, N.Y. — Lewis County Economic Development on March 1 said it is looking for people or companies interested in acquiring and redeveloping a 46-acre former industrial property at 3823 Marmon Road in Lyons Falls.
The property is located adjacent to an active paper mill and the Moose River and sits just outside the boundary of New York’s Adirondack Park.
The organization has released a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) on the property.
ReEnergy Biomass previously owned the property, Brittany Davis, executive director of Lewis County Economic Development, tells CNYBJ in an email.
Lewis County Economic Development is looking for respondents with plans for the property that will “support economic growth in the local community and region, including creating new jobs and enhancing the local tax base,” per a March 1 news release.
“The IDA board and staff welcomes creative redevelopment ideas and concepts that will take advantage of the assets Lewis County offers, such as agriculture, our natural resources, and outdoor recreation and tourism industries. We look forward to seeing proposals that create jobs and enhance the local tax base,” Davis said in a news release about the property.
Until 2020, the property had been used as a biomass-to-electricity facility and still includes infrastructure that a future occupant can use at the site. After Lewis County Economic Development acquired the parcel, other “obsolete facilities” have been cleared from the site to create areas ready for new construction.
The “obsolete” items that were removed included a steam-plant building on the lower portion of the property. And on the upper portion, large equipment and tanks were removed, according to Davis.
Three buildings remain on the property, including a large steel building, an office building, and a mechanic building, along with truck lifts, scales and a large conveyor belt that was used for the biomass, Davis tells CNYBJ.
Lewis County Economic Development officials say they “see great potential” in the property, including several uses that would fit with the site and the potential to sub-divide the property for multiple uses.
“The proximity to water, timber and our strong agricultural base present a wide variety of development opportunities,” Davis said. “The property could take on a similar role as an industrial site, but we could also see the site used for housing or recreation. We are looking forward to what creative ideas and concepts result from the RFEI process.”
The organization is accepting “brief” expressions of interest through March 26. The document can be downloaded by visiting the Lewis County Economic Development website: www.naturallylewis.com/initiatives/lyonsdale-development-opportunity.
Officials will use the preliminary information provided by respondents to chart the next steps for the disposition of the property, which may include asking respondents to submit a full proposal for the property.
For immediate information on the property, contact Cheyenne Steria, director of finance & incentives at Lewis County Economic Development at (315) 376-3014, or email: email@example.com.