OTSEGO NOW OKs OPTION
EYED FOR SCHENEVUS
250-300 Jobs, Construction In 2018 Possible
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
The Otsego Now board of directors unanimously approved the $3,000-per-year option, which will allow the SEQRA process – the state-mandated environmental review – to begin as soon at March 1. The goal is to create a “shovel-ready site with an eye toward attracting Amazon or another mega-retailer planning distribution centers in the Northeast U.S.
“There’s a great demand for distribution sites in-state that can accommodate larger distribution centers,” said Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes, adding that the “inventory” of such sites in New York State is almost gone. One of the final available sites – in the Town of Florida, near Amsterdam – has just been snapped up by Dollar General.
Mathes said he plans to meet with Maryland Town Supervisor Harold Palmer tomorrow to brief him on the project, and to arrange to speak with the town board at its next meeting. He said county Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Maryland, and other local officials he has spoken with have been enthusiastic about the proposal.
The site is on the north side of I-88. When developed, traffic will be able to drive into an entrance directly across from the end of the northbound off-ramp, ensuring no trucks will be driving on local roads.