MAYVILLE – Members of the Chautauqua County Planning and Economic Development Committee agreed Wednesday to support the county Industrial Development Agency’s purchase of the former Maplevale Farms in Clymer.
IDA Director Bill Daly asked the committee members to support the purchase of up to $300,000 in bonds for the property. He said the location includes office space and some warehouse space. There was approximately 90,000 square feet of building on the lot, but one building had to be torn down due to damage.
Daly said a 53,000-square-foot concrete pad remains where a metal warehouse was torn down after heavy snow damaged the roof in December 2010. Maplevale Farms moved to Falconer. The company distributes food to schools and businesses.
Daly said he has been working with the building owners and plans to purchase the building and acreage at a price below the assessed value. He said the “bargain sale” would allow the IDA to search for a new buyer and hopefully provide jobs to residents of the Clymer area. “There has not only been a loss of jobs but a loss of revenue to Clymer,” he said. There were about 170 employees of the facility.
Clymer officials are onboard with the IDA plans to purchase and resell the property, Daly said. He said about 14 acres are included. He said some interested parties have toured the site. Daly predicted that the site could be sold to a new business interest within a year.
The financing resolution will need County Legislature approval and will be on the next agenda.
In another matter, the committee reviewed an agreement on sharing costs with Cattaraugus County for the Conewango Watershed area. Each county would contribute $7,500 annually for dam maintenance and operational work in the watershed. Members agreed to pass the agreement on to the Legislature for approval.
Committee members also reviewed and approved new members for the Environmental Management Council, Sports Fishery Advisory Board and the county’s Planning Board. Names will be on the legislative agenda for final approval this month.