$10M Airport Road project to bring jobs, businesses

By Perry Russom

December 17, 2013 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 7:25 PM EDT

Town of Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council receiving $81.9 million last week to improve the economy, plans are already in the works to develop property throughout the Broome County.

One of those areas is by the Greater Binghamton Airport. It's called the Airport/ Landfill Corridor Improvement Project. It's the wooded area between the airport and the landfill along Airport Road.

The goal is to create a mini-corporate park where businesses can blossom bringing jobs to the county.

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston said the first step is to develop the land to attract potential buyers.

"I think that everything is starting to come together and it just takes time," said Preston. "I think that there's a light at the end of that tunnel right now."

Preston said what they have to do to make the 1,000 acre site shovel ready for developers, is extend the sewer line up the airport corridor.

"Without that infrastructure up there, we really have no marketable properties as far as an inventory for new businesses coming in so this is very exciting," said Preston.

The project will cost $10.3 million total.

They received more than $1.25 million for the improvements from the Regional Economic Development Council last week.

As for the other $9 million, $3.5 million is coming from a grant secured by the State Senate.

Another $3.6 million coming from the county.

That leaves $1.75 million unaccounted for. The county said they are looking at other options to absorb that cost.

Preston is currently in the process of finalizing the plans with designers.

She said the area will be shovel ready by the end of Spring with the project complete by 2015.

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