Tech Meadows Industrial ParkAugust 7, 2017
Chazen assisted the City of Glens Falls with the creation of a 46-acre ‘Shovel Ready’ industrial park located near I-87 in the Town of Queensbury. The City of Glens Falls in cooperation with the Town of Queensbury secured funds from the Build NOW NY program for planning, permitting, and infrastructure design. The project site is located adjacent to several Brownfield sites including a state-owned PCB disposal site/containment cell and the former municipal solid waste landfill.
Chazen worked with representatives from the City and Town local development corporations (LDCs) to develop a flexible master plan involving subdivision of the site into eight lots. Individual lots may be developed or combined to meet the needs of a prospective tenant. Chazen developed a model site plan, subdivision plan, and utility plans to secure local land use approvals and guided the City throughout the process.
A Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) was prepared to address State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) compliance. Chazen drafted amendments to the Town’s zoning ordinance introducing performance standards and allowing development of the site as a ‘use by right.’ The model site plan illustrated full buildout of the park with 400,000 square feet of manufacturing space and the GEIS evaluated the impacts of full buildout of the site.
The project involved multiple jurisdictions, complex environmental site conditions, and the subsequent annexation of the land by the City in an unprecedented cooperative agreement between the two municipalities involving revenue sharing and the sale of wastewater treatment plant capacity. The NYSDEC and NYSDOH ultimately gave the site a clean bill of health and the City has since installed infrastructure to the park and has attracted its first tenant. Chazen’s scope of work included Phase 1 and Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessments, a traffic impact study, site plan/design documents, utility evaluations, and design of utility (water, wastewater, stormwater) system improvements. Chazen secured all environmental permits and approvals, prepared the GEIS and assisted the City with construction administration services.