The Agency is looking for ideas to fill the former BAE Systems site


The Agency is looking to see what ideas local developers might have for a large parcel of land just west of Johnson City.

The Agency has released a Request for Expressions of Interest for the former BAE Systems site in Westover.

BAE left the location in 2011 after being flooded for the second time.

Since then, the Air Force, which was responsible for the property, paid to have the old complex demolished and for an environmental cleanup.

The land is now cleared for residential use other than single family homes.

The Agency worked with Saratoga-based consultant Elan Planning to create some potential ideas including raising a 12-acre section by 8 feet to get it out of the flood plain.

Officials envision the creation of a mixed-use neighborhood with housing complexes, a cafe and a dog park.

Supervisor Rick Materese says, “We want to make sure that this is going to be a rebirth of commerce for this area and for the residents in this area. We want to make this a nice facility, we want to make sure that what goes in here is pleasing to everybody.”

The Agency says it will seek state or federal funding to help cover the cost of elevating the land.

It also anticipates offering a PILOT program and other incentives to the developer.

The deadline for the ‘Request for Expressions of Interest’ is April 22nd.

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