Thursday, July 21, 2016

Allegany County: SNI open to talks on Tracewell development - Times Herald

By Bob Clark, Times Herald

CUBA — “It’s the nicest building in Allegany County, and it’s vacant.”

With 92,000 square feet of floor space, the former Tracewell manufacturing site on Route 446 has been empty for years, said Craig Clark, head of the county’s economic development program. And for the first time in years, the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) met with county officials to try to spur development at the site.

Clark made the announcement Wednesday during a meeting of the county board’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.

“It was a very good meeting,” Clark said. “We’ve been trying to connect with them to see about the building … They’re interested in partnering with us.”

Clark said he hopes to get information on the building — which according to previous Times Herald reports include 6-inch reinforced concrete electrostatic discharge floors; 310 parking spaces; full air conditioning, heavy electrical power; and an engineering lab — on the county’s development website and out to developers such those met in June at the SelectUSA conference that county officials exhibited in June.