SHOWDOWN: Motion to ax lease proposal goes before Seneca Co. BOS

It’s showdown time over the proposed lease-purchase of 7,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot and a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement between Earl Martin and the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency.

The Board of Supervisors’ Governmental Operations Committee voted 4-1 Jan. 24 on a non-binding resolution asking the IDA to “abandon both the lease and pursuit of a PILOT” for Martin and to immediately close on the sale of the depot land to Martin.

That motion goes to the full board Tuesday.

The IDA put the 7,000 acres up for bid in 2015 and approved Martin’s bid in February 2016 as the best of 16 received.

Martin, owner of Seneca Iron Works in Fayette, bid $900,000 and submitted a development plan calling for locating his manufacturing business on the depot property, developing 10-20 farm homesteads and implementing a comprehensive plan to preserve and protect the white deer herd on the property to encourage eco-tourism development.

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