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Greene IDA lays out next steps for Exit 21 project

Apr 09, 2018 5:45 am

The Greene County Industrial Development Agency is reporting on its Facebook page plans for the agency's Exit 21 redevelopment project are moving forward. Executive Director René VanSchaack writes that asbestos surveys were completed over the winter and the IDA "initiated public bidding for removal of structures on the site," located on the west side of the New York State Thruway. Over the coming months, he said, the following activities can be expected:
* Beginning the week of April 16, Juniper Environmental Services will remove the asbestos in three of the five houses slated for demolition. That work is expected to take approximately 12 days.
* The IDA, working with the Leeds Fire Department, is planning a major fire drill after the asbestos remediation is complete, VanSchaack said. Leeds will host the drill, to "allow the firemen to practice their skills and use of their equipment on the structures." However, no live burn is planned, he said.
* Five homes will be demolished. The homes, all outbuildings and foundations will be removed in preparation for new development. Demolition is expected to start in June and take one to two weeks.
* The IDA also hopes to establish the entrances for new access roads into the property, and clean up the existing road frontage, as well.

VanSchaack said the the site will be cleaned up and seeded by late summer. "The process will be ugly for awhile and we appreciate your patience as we work to get it done as quickly as possible. As always, if anybody has any questions let me know." Read the full post at the Greene County Industrial Development Agency Facebook page.

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