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LeRoy eyed for $1.2 million business park

Genesee County economic development officials hope a $1.2 million business park planned for the Town of Le Roy will replicate the results of a Town of Batavia park that has attracted yogurt production plants.

The Genesee County Economic Development Center and its real estate development affiliate are committing $400,000 to the project. The Town of Le Roy has agreed to invest another $400,000, including in-kind services. The remaining one-third of the $1.2 million cost might be covered through grants, said Rachael J. Tabelski, the Development Center’s marketing and communications manager.

Le Roy is east of Batavia, and is about an hour’s drive from Buffalo. The 75-acre site is on Route 19 and West Bergen Road, bordering the Village of Le Roy. The land is under purchase contract.

Backers are hopeful the park will yield results akin to the Genesee Agri-Business Park in the Town of Batavia, which is home to two yogurt-making facilities. Supporters say the Batavia park has generated growth that has benefited the City and Town of Batavia.

The Development Center estimates the proposed Le Roy park, when fully built out, will have more than 600,000 square feet for office, advanced manufacturing and distribution/warehouse space that could employ up to 1,000 people.

The as-yet-unnamed park needs to secure government agreements, and the land must be rezoned before it goes forward, Tabelski said. Planning and environmental review will begin in early 2014, and construction of the site to make it “shovel-ready” could begin as soon as the second half of 2014, she said.

Promotion and marketing for the site would coincide with the start of construction of the roadway and infrastructure. Based on that timeline, the first tenant could potentially move into the park in early 2015, Tabelski said.