BELMONT, N.Y., May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Allegany County (N.Y.) Industrial Development Agency (ACIDA) has launched the marketing of an important business site at the crossroads of I-86 and Rt. 19 as the "Gateway to Allegany County" to meet expressed demand from local colleges for quality lodging and by visitors and travelers for food, fuel and retail opportunities.
"We consider the Crossroads site to be a secret gem along the I-86 corridor, providing a gateway to our three major higher education institutions – Alfred University, Alfred State College and Houghton College -- numerous business opportunities, and our many recreational and visitor attractions," said ACIDA Chairman Jack W. Wood.
The ACIDA recently contracted with HVS, an international hospitality consulting firm, to solicit proposals to develop the Crossroads site as a lodging, food, fuel and retail destination The move comes after several months of discussions between ACIDA representatives and multiple business developers, spurred by the ACIDA's purchase last August of a key 11-acre property on the Crossroads site. That purchase created an overall 30-acre site fully owned by the ACIDA, thus facilitating the time and steps needed for approval of agreements with prospective developers.
Among the benefits for lodging, food, and fuel establishments, according to Wood, is access to an estimated 12,000 travelers each day, the visiting families of almost 7,000 students at Alfred University, Alfred State College and Houghton College, and the spectators and participants at the $23 million Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex (KPAC) at Houghton College.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, Alfred State College president; Dr. Charles M. Edmondson, Alfred University president; and Shirley Mullen, Houghton College president; all expressed a desire to meet demand for quality lodging created by visitors to their institutions.
HVS will be responsible for developing both the process and comprehensive package to solicit proposals from identified developers for building on a variety of uses targeted for the Crossroads site -- including lodging, fast food, convenience food, fuel, retail and other hospitality ventures.
For more information, interested developers and retail operators can contact Thomas Dolan, HVS managing director, at (617) 424-8912 or through the ACIDA office.
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SOURCE Allegany County (N.Y.) Industrial Development Agency