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.”