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State designates four Orchard Park parcels as 'shovel-ready' development sites

State officials have designated four undeveloped parcels at Orchard Park's Sterling Business Park as "shovel-ready" sites, positioning them to be marketed for quick and easy development for businesses that want to locate there with little delay.

The four properties in the medical, business and technology park total 23.9 acres, and have been "prequalified" by Empire State Development. Companies still have to get routine permits and approvals, but the certification means there are no wetlands, endangered species, historic artifacts or other concerns to hold up a project, and all utilities are already available.

The properties may also be eligible for low-cost hydroelectric power or similar allocations through the New York Power Authority.

“New York State’s Shovel Ready program provides valuable enticements to businesses, as well as job opportunities for local residents,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “By gaining this certification for the Sterling Business Park in Orchard Park, the potential to attract developers and business interest is increased substantially, while the time to complete any project is significantly reduced.”

The properties, which range in size from 1.6 to 11.5 acres, are part of the larger 100-acre business park that already houses several companies. They are located adjacent to U.S. Route 219. Richard J. Schechter of Pyramid Brokerage Company is handling property sales for the park.

“We expect that this 'shovel-ready' designation will be the catalyst to spur more development within the park as buyers will have the confidence that their projects can be approved in a timely manner,” said Orchard Park Commerce Center President Jeff Steinwachs.

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