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Orleans EDA seeks buyer for 32 vacant acres at Albion Business Park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 October 2018 at 8:08 pm

File photo by Tom Rivers: The Orleans Community Health facility at the corner of Butts Road and Route 31 is the only building in the Albion Business Park. The land east of the medical center is available for development.

ALBION – The Orleans Economic Development Agency is seeking proposals to purchase and develop the 32 remaining vacant acres of the Albion Business Park.

Orleans Community Health has a medical center at the corner of the Business Park at Butts Road and Route 31. There is more land at the park going east and north that is available for development, although wetlands could make a project more challenging.

Mixed-use developments would be suitable for the site, EDA officials said. Projects could include lodging and event space, residential, commercial or light industrial. The site could also accommodate cultural, agricultural or other seasonal uses.

The Orleans EDA encourages teams and partnerships to jointly respond to the Request for Proposals, which is available to download at OnlyinOrleans.com or on the OEDA’s website.

There will be a site tour on Nov. 8, with Nov. 16 the deadline for submitting questions. Proposals are due on Dec. 1, with the anticipated date for picking a developer or team of developers on Jan. 11.

The EDA was looking for prime vacant land with access to water and sewer infrastructure in Albion about 15 years ago. The agency acquired about 20 acres at the corner of Butts Road and Route 31 for $75,000.

Six years ago, Orleans Community Health (Medina Memorial Hospital) built a new health care site on the corner lot with OCH paying the EDA $36,000 for the land.

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