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Town of Ulster—(July 1st, 2014) Five new tenants have signed leases totaling more than 17,000 square feet at TechCity, including Hudson Valley Harvest, which will occupy 9,000 square feet in 72 Boices Lane, and Visual Color Systems, which will occupy 4,000 square feet in 74 Boices Lane.

 

Hudson Valley Harvest was created in 2011 to improve access to the bounty of the Hudson Valley. The company works with farms to provide local, traceable, transparent food of the highest quality to the Tri-State area. Its network of independently owned local farms produces some of the most delicious, highest quality local food found anywhere, which Hudson Valley Harvest, makes available to consumers reliably and conveniently.

 

Among Hudson Valley Harvest’s new neighbors will be Farm to Table Co-Packers, which has been located at TechCity since 2009 and which now occupies 34,000 square feet. Farm to Table is a full service contract packaging facility that produces everything from frozen vegetables and soups to jarred pickles and sauces. Farm to Table provides superior service throughout the entire co-packing experience, while producing the highest qualities products for its clients. It operates a 29,000 square foot kitchen, a dedicated processing line, a full bakery and an incubator/test kitchen.

 

TechCity management believes that the location of these two agricultural and food products companies represents the beginning of an industry cluster at the site, which has ample ability in an adjacent building to provide the services – production, warehouse and distribution, refrigeration, ease of shipping and receiving – that companies in that sector require.

 

Paul Alward, President of Hudson Valley Harvest, said: “Hudson Valley Harvest is very pleased to be a part of the renewal happening here at TechCity. They have created an environment conducive to entrepreneurship and job creation. For many people in our community this area has been a reminder of hardship for far too long, we are very fortunate to be part of the rebirth happening here.”

 

Visual Color Systems, Inc. is an independent company dedicated to helping its customers select, specify, communicate, and control color. It brings to this field over 30 years of experience working in all aspects of color communications, including hands-on color matching, process control, product development, sales and management. The company has helped to create color control programs for food products, computer systems, office furniture, cosmetic packaging, automotive applications, medical instruments, and many more diverse applications.

 

The additional new leases signed are with:

 

-       Centaur Properties, LLC, a New York City-based real estate firm, to be located in 60 Boices Lane;

-       Coram CVS, a leader in the home infusion industry, serving 20,000 patients each month, to be located in 506 Enterprise Drive;

-       Scrub Masters Plus Corp, a cleaning service, to be located in 505 Enterprise Drive.

 

Alan Ginsberg, CEO of TechCity Properties, said: “TechCity has become a true Commerce Park, with a wide range of companies choosing it as a location. Our 256-acre site includes outstanding infrastructure, existing space for sale or lease and open space ready for development. And its approved master plan allows for future improvements and a diverse mix of occupants – from industrial to R&D, from agricultural to education, from retail to residential, from manufacturing to film production.”

 

TechCity, located in the scenic Hudson Valley, 90-minutes from New York City and 60-minutes from Albany, offers a number of benefits to companies that locate there, including: possible inclusion in the Start-Up NY program, through a partnership with Ulster Community College, for companies that qualify; industrial grade infrastructure, including lit and dark fiber communication trunks, two major electrical power providers and ample water supply; and proximity and ease of access, by rail, road and air to markets from the mid-Atlantic to Canada.

 

Cushman and Wakefield/Pyramid Brokerage Company serves as TechCity’s broker. Stephen Perfit, Senior Executive Director of Pyramid’s Hudson Valley Office in Newburgh, can be reached at (845) 522-5900 or sperfit@pyramidbrokerage.com.

TOWN OF ULSTER >> Ulster County Community College is one of eight schools in the SUNY system selected to participate in Start-Up NY, a tax-exempt economic development program designed to link colleges in the state with businesses.

UCCC will use 168,000 square feet in a building at TechCity in the town of Ulster to train students for careers, college president Donald Katt said on Tuesday.

“I’ve been meeting with prospective business partners,” Katt said in a phone interview. “I’ve met with about a dozen, and I think two of them are really ready to go, and we’re setting up a meeting for the first person who has submitted an application to us to become a partner.

Katt did not identify any of the prospective business partners.

The program, unveiled last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, provides participating businesses with exemptions from state business taxes, sales taxes and personal income taxes.

Katt said the relationship between UCCC students and business owners can include paid and unpaid internships, business assistance for students and company representatives visit classes.

“That will be a huge advantage to our students to actually spend time in the business in whatever area the business might be operating in,” he said.

“We would ask that the principals of the business perhaps consider joining our curriculum advisory council to make sure our curriculum is … up to current standards,” Katt said. “We might ask the principals of the company to be guest speakers in our classrooms.”

Katt the program also gives business owners incentives to address areas that need employment growth.

As for using space at TechCity rather than on UCCC’s Stone Ridge campus, Katt said: “Initially, when they started talking about this in the governor’s office, they had businesses locating in vacant space on SUNY campuses. Then they realized, especially in the community colleges … there isn’t any room. Between 9 (a.m.) and 2 (p.m.), there isn’t a vacant room on this campus.”

TechCity officials could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, but property owner Alan Ginsberg, in a press release, spoke highly of the Start-Up New York program and UCCC’s participation.

“The Hudson Valley can be a center of economic growth in the future, and we’re proud to be working with Ulster County Community College as they move forward in the Start-Up New York program,” Ginsberg said. “We believe the manufacturing, technology and entrepreneurship efforts that Start-Up New York is focused on can enliven the economy.”

The other seven SUNY-connected schools selected to participate in Start-Up New York, according to the Times Union of Albany, are SUNY Albany, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Downstate (in Brooklyn), Monroe Community College (Rochester), Onondaga Community College (Syracuse) and the state-run portion of Cornell University

TechCity, which was an IBM plant from the 1950s until the mid-1990s, has contaminations problems left by the computer giant, but a map included with a state Department of Environmental Conservation cleanup order shows no problems related to the property’s Building 052, which UCCC is to use for the Start-Up NY program. The building is at the northeast corner of the sprawling TechCity campus.

Ginsberg bought the property from IBM in 1998, 20 years after IBM discovered the contamination. IBM is responsible for the cleanup.

Katt said he is confident that contamination issues have been addressed by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

“The seem to have a remediation plan that’s much better and faster than what IBM had been proposing,” he said.

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TechCity Properties has named Cushman and Wakefield/Pyramid Brokerage Company as Broker for the 256-acre site in Ulster County, New York. Stephen Perfit, Senior Executive Director of Pyramid’s Hudson Valley Office in Newburgh, will lead the assignment, along with a team of professionals from his office: Brian Coleman, Associate Real Estate Broker and Laurie Milano, Licensed Salesperson.

TechCity’s 256-acres include 2.5 million square feet of space in existing buildings and a large amount of open land available for development.  Through a partnership with Ulster Community College, a portion of the site has been included in the State’s “Start-Up New York” program, which offers the potential for significant tax advantages to certain business that locate there.

TechCity is located 90-minutes from New York City and 60-minutes from Albany.  TechCity’s ability to offer outstanding existing infrastructure, an approved master plan for future improvements, ease of access by rail, road and air to markets from the mid-Atlantic to Canada, and potentially generous tax incentives from the State of New York, make it an ideal location for established or emerging businesses.

Pyramid is the exclusive Alliance Member in Upstate New York for Cushman & Wakefield, one of the world’s largest and most respected commercial real estate services firms. This alliance gives Pyramid’s professionals, who have a deep knowledge of the local region, a global reach and a wide range of resources.

Mr. Perfit said: “With a quality of infrastructure that isn’t seen in most developments, an approved master plan envisioning diverse uses, opportunities for occupancy in existing buildings or new construction in scenic locations in the heart of the Hudson Valley, TechCity has a great deal to offer.  The inclusion of part of the property in Start-Up New York could provide additional opportunities to companies that are able to qualify for it.”

Alan Ginsberg, CEO of TechCity Properties, said: “Steve Perfit knows both the local community and the national and global real estate markets. His experience and expertise are already proving valuable in positioning TechCity for success.”

Mr. Perfit can be reached at (845) 522-5900 or sperfit@pyramidbrokerage.com.

TechCity Properties, of the town of Ulster, N,Y., has appointed Roger Osterhoudt, of Saugerties, N.Y., as vice president of property management and Gregory Strong, of Beacon, N.Y., as vice president of administration.

Osterhoudt has a background in construction, management and manufacturing and has been facilities manager at TechCity for the past four years. Prior to that, he held positions with J. Mullen and Sons Construction in Saugerties. In his new position, he will manage property operations, leasing, maintenance and security and coordinate with contractors to meet the needs of current and future tenants.

Strong has a background in property management and has worked in lease administration and general bookkeeping at TechCity for the past four years. Prior to that, he held a series of positions with Miron Building Products of Kingston, N.Y. In his new position, he will participate in long-range planning, human resources activities and various other administrative and management functions.

TechCity could be hub for future economic growth, say business leaders

KINGSTON, N.Y. (June 17, 2013) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has issued “No Action” and “No Further Action” declarations for TechCity in Kingston that clear the way for new ways to develop the site in the future.

“This is a major milestone for TechCity, which has the potential to be a powerful economic engine for the region,” said Alan Ginsberg, the CEO of TechCity. “Achieving the necessary DEC approvals was our most urgent priority. TechCity’s 191 acres and 1,700,000 square feet of office space are clean and ready for development.”

In the DEC’s Final Statement of Basis, it deemed the corrective measures taken by IBM and TechCity to be “protective of human health and the environment.” The Final Statement of Basis included responses submitted during a public comment period from February 28 to March 29. The TechCity site is a former IBM plant.

“I commend TechCity in working with NYS and IBM to resolve environmental contamination and liability issues on the TechCity campus,” said Mike Hein, the Ulster County Executive. “This site has tremendous infrastructure and economic development potential now that this important clean bill of health has been issued.”

Ginsberg said the site’s master plan has been approved to host universities, colleges, retail, office and industrial uses.

“TechCity now has a clean bill of health and we will examine ways to transform the site and bring hundreds of new jobs to Ulster County,” said Ginsberg, who said that TechCity’s investment in the remediation efforts have included the removal of several buildings. “This site has unlimited potential and can accommodate almost any industry type.”

The NYSDEC’s Robert W. Schick, P.E., Director of the Division of Environmental Remediation, wrote in the Final Statement of Basis, “This remedy utilizes permanent solutions and alternative treatment, or resource recovery technologies, to the maximum extent practicable, and satisfies the preference for remedies that reduce toxicity, mobility, or volume as a principal element.”

Ned Sullivan, the President of Scenic Hudson, expects the DEC declarations to help position TechCity as a prime commercial site for Fortune 1,000 firms. “This DEC action represents a regulatory sea change,” said Sullivan. “TechCity is now dressed for success as a job hub in the exciting new economy of the Hudson Valley.  We at Scenic Hudson are particularly excited to see the cleanup and revitalization of a former industrial facility — a great regional and national model of smart growth.  I commend Alan Ginsberg, TechCity, IBM, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for this collaborative achievement.”

Business leaders from across the region expressed enthusiasm about the DEC pronouncements and believe TechCity can help promote much-needed economic development.

Ward Todd, the President and CEO of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce, said, “This is great news for Kingston, Ulster County and the entire region. This will now position TechCity to be a centerpiece of economic growth. We look forward to the opportunity to help promote TechCity and allow it to reach its fullest potential.”

Michael Smith, the President of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, said, “It is a positive step for our region. We need business centers like TechCity that can accommodate businesses from all types of industries. TechCity represents one of the region’s most accessible and versatile shovel-ready sites.”

TechCity Properties, the Hudson Valley’s premier commercial real estate redevelopment site, together with Time Warner Cable Business Class, recently announced the companies have completed a project that brings an advanced communications fiber network to the 258-acre, 2.2 million square-foot TechCity complex.

“Fiber connectivity is a critical element in attracting data-dependent operations and data centers to TechCity and the Hudson Valley,” said Alan Ginsberg, Chairman of TechCity Properties, Inc.  “Creating a redundant system ensures maximum up time and gives TechCity another competitive advantage compared to other sites in the Hudson Valley and New York State.”

Ken Fitzpatrick, President of Time Warner Cable Business Class for the East Region, said, “Our early-on decision to extend our fiber network to TechCity sends a strong signal to the data center industry that this business campus stands prime and ready for immediate occupancy. As the premier telecommunications provider in New York and beyond, we look forward to serving the technology needs of TechCity tenants and businesses throughout the Hudson Valley.”

KingstonNOW, a locally produced TV news program, recently featured TechCity and all that is happening at the Hudson Valley’s leading commercial real estate site.  Sales and Marketing Director Paul Rakov gave his thoughts on why TechCity has been successful attracting solar panel manufacturing, solar thermal technology, leading-edge technology manufacturing, sustainable food production and other innovative industries.  Check it out!

The Ulster Town Board on Thursday approved a new  zoning designation for TechCity, allowing the former IBM-Kingston complex to expedite changes on its 138.4-acre east campus.

The board, by a unanimous vote, granted the request for a Redevelopment Overlay District to replace an Office Manufacturing District zone for the property.

Town Supervisor James Quigley said the change was needed to help TechCity secure new businesses for the site.

“For the most part, as long as they stay within the major concept set forth in the environmental impact statement, they can go comfortably and confidently to either a new tenant or a prospective buyer … to construct (buildings) within the envelope that we’ve defined and be reasonably comfortable they’re going to get efficient and fast town approvals,” Quigley said.

Under the proposed redevelopment plan, about  290,000 square feet of obsolete office space would be demolished;  two buildings comprising 558,000 square feet would be reconfigured for interior parking facilities; 1.3 million square feet of existing office space would continue in use, and new construction would add about 645,000 square feet.

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Companies that operate at TechCity benefit greatly from the heritage the Hudson Valley has for engineering and other technology-based businesses. Aiding that effort has been the fact that SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Albany and RPI graduate so many students eager to put their knowledge to work. And now this (see video below)! Cornell University has been selected by New York City to build a major technology campus on Roosevelt Island. Great news for New York but, can it help the Hudson Valley? Yes.

Providing students the unique opportunity to attend college in New York City will make the Cornell campus internationally competitive. Many graduates will look to start their own business (the next Facebook perhaps?) but the cost of doing business in New York City is overwhelming. Starting up a business just 90 miles away at TechCity, where rents are one tenth that of Manhattan, gives any company a competitive advantage. With the Hudson Valley experiencing a technology boom and TechCity being at the forefront with companies like Precision Flow Technologies and Solartech Renewables, the addition of a high-profile technology university right down the road should provide any TechCity companies with high caliber talent with which to grow their business!

Ulster County, home to TechCity, saw its employment numbers rise last month based on the latest unemployment rate published by the New York State Department of Labor. The jobless rate fell in all Mid-Hudson Valley counties, indicating that the economy is strong and companies are finding the employees they need to grow.

In Ulster County, the October jobless rate was 7.4 percent, down from 7.8 percent in September, the department said; in Dutchess County, the unemployment rate fell from 7.2 percent in September to 6.8 percent in October.

The October jobless rates in other local counties were:

• Greene: 7.8 percent, down from 8.3 percent in September.

• Columbia: 6.8 percent, down from 7.0 percent.

• Sulllivan: 8.1, down from 8.3.

• Delaware: 7.6, down from 8.0.

• Orange: 7.2, down from 7.7.

The October unemployment rate for all of New York state was 7.9 percent, down from 8.0 percent in September, according to the Department of Labor.