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Historic changes are ahead for the Town of Warwick, according to the Town's Supervisor. He says they're in the process of purchasing a vast amount of land that can potentially bring in a lot of new business. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Jessica Chen explains.
WARWICK, N.Y. -- With boarded up windows and barbed wire, the Mid-Orange Correctional Facility doesn't appear to be a likely place for a future business, at least not yet.
"Obviously that is the more challenging piece of the puzzle," said Town of Warwick Supervisor, Michael Sweeton.
He said the Warwick Valley Local Development Corporation is in the process of purchasing the vacant facility from the state, along with the other 700 acres that surround it. The price, $3.2 million. Sweeton said he wants the area to be a business park.
"We’ve never had an area where we can actually design and lay it out right," said Sweeton.
The Mid-Orange Correctional Facility was shut down by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2011. It was one of seven minimum and medium security prisons in New York State that was closed due to a decline in inmate population.
Sweeton said it'll take the right company to move into the old prison. So now, he's focused on the 120 acres that can be developed into a ten building business area.
"We're looking for light manufacturing, technology type companies," he said."We’ve talked to some software developers and some data farms."
Sweeton said this development will bring money into the area as well as possibly up to 700 new jobs.
Michael Johndrow with the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce said other than businesses, the area will see preserved land and public parks.
"You got the historic village in Warwick, you’ve got all those wineries and apple orchards, I mean it’s a phenomenal place," said Johndrow
"This is going be historic in terms of Warwick development and growth," said Sweeton.