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It’s not on the scale of the Town of Alabama’s STAMP project or the Town of Batavia’s Agri-business Park, but the Town of LeRoy is planning a shovel-ready site of its own to get in on Genesee County’s burgeoning food production industry.

LeRoy’s Town Board recently approved a resolution committing $400,000 of cash and in-kind services over the next three years as part of a $1.2 million project to a commercial development. Officials are planning a shovel-ready site on a 75-acre parcel at West Bergen Road and Route 19.

“The business is able to come in and worry about their building and not all the ancillary services they would need to support that building," Supervisor Stephen Barbeau said. “That makes it attractive to businesses and it also gets businesses in and starting to pay taxes much more quickly than they would otherwise.”

The project is sponsored by the Genesee County Economic Development Center. The Village of LeRoy needs to sign on as well to configure a sewer system as well as National Grid.

Barbeau says he strongly believes the best way to expand the tax base is through clean commercial ventures “…and the reason for that is it adds to the value of the assess rolls in LeRoy. It will then reduce the amount that each resident has to pay in terms of taxes. Commercial ventures such as this also don’t require a ton of services.”

Barbeau says crews could break ground as soon as this spring.

Accrding to a news release sent out by the GCEDC this afternoon about the project, it "estimates that at full build out, the business park will have in excess of 600,000 square feet for office, advanced manufacturing and distribution/warehousing space that could employ as many as 1,000 people."

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