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Greene County spends more money on Exit 21 development

Oct 23, 2023 12:54 pm

Raymond Pignone reports for Columbia-Greene Media that Greene County’s legislature voted on Oct. 18 to spend $100,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds on an Exit 21 development project that originally cost $2,139,000. The Greene County Industrial Development Agency plan is to add a Hampton Inn hotel to a Tourism Center, Stewart's Shop, and another unknown business next to the I-87 highway entrance in Leeds. Already, the former Greene County Tourism Center has been demolished, and the Stewart’s Shop will move into its new building as soon as the company removes the store’s underground gasoline storage tanks and gas islands at its former location across the street. Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden has hopes for a restaurant to go in next to the hotel. Groden said, “Most likely the hotel developers will be instrumental in landing a restaurant deal, because as they’re building their hotel they’ll want a companion piece.... It will most likely be a franchise. At that location you probably want a national name. That’s not to say if someone local wanted to build there they couldn’t.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.