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Progress reported on two major projects

Negotiations are under way with what could become the first tenants in the Genesee Economic Development Center's two major projects for the coming year.

Most advanced with a complete infrastructure complete is the Upstate Medical and Technical Park across Hawley Drive from the main campus of Genesee Community College in the Town of Batavia.

The center is considering a move from its longtime headquarters in the former Doehler-Jarvis NL Industries plant in the city to share space with GCC in a 41,000-square-foot multiple-use structure in the Med Tech's 32-acre site. The first floor of the two-story building would be designed for office space.

The Med-Tech Park hopes to attract companies dealing in research, development and training in health sciences.

GCC already has announced that it has begun a biotechnology degree course and will offer other health-related science programs. The new courses began with a federal grant that seeks to promote regional economic development.

Two miles away, the center is in the early stages of converting 200 acres next to the Genesee County Fairgrounds into the Genesee Valley Ag-Business Park.

A $643,000 incentive plan for Phase One will be used largely to build infrastructure.

Ag-Business Park's potential customers are food processing firms. The site is next to the O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative, which has enjoyed expansion in recent years.

Whitecrest Mushrooms, an Ontario, Canada-based firm, could be the first tenant, with the possibility of a start of construction in April.

The center has built several successful business parks in the towns of Batavia, Bergen and Pembroke. It offers financial assistance through tax incentives, funding and consulting services.

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