For Immediate Release
July 8, 2014
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Brockport, NY – The College at Brockport, State University of New York, announced today that it has received approval for its START-UP NY application and plan. The College is now able to accept requests from companies and businesses interested in taking advantage of this innovative tax-free initiative.
Brockport’s plan features more than 211 undeveloped acres that is available for use on its main campus and surrounding community as well as 44,635 square feet of available space at two of the College’s properties in the City of Rochester.
Two hundred acres have been approved on the College’s main campus. Other locations include parcels on Fourth Section Road (3.6 acres) and Colby Street (7.8 acres), both under the control of the Brockport Foundation, a College affiliate.
The Rochester space is located at 305 Andrews Street (37,115 sq. ft.) and 55 St. Paul St. (7,520 sq. ft.). The Andrews Street location is the former home to the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center, and is a six-story commercial structure. The St. Paul location is home to the College’s MetroCenter – an extension of Brockport’s main campus. This building is the former home of the Chamber of Commerce and is an historic George Eastman building. Both of these facilities are considered Class C Office/Industrial/Lab space.
“A lot of diligent work has gone into developing our plan,” said The College at Brockport President John R. Halstead. “We’re now in a strategic position to be drivers in jumpstarting the economy in both Brockport and Rochester while helping our students secure internships and other career opportunities in keeping with our core mission. We look forward to discussing our plan with potential business partners.”
START-UP NY stands for SUNY Tax-free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate NY. The statewide program aims to spur economic development by enabling universities to identify areas where new and expanding businesses can operate for 10 years without paying New York State business, corporate, income, sales or property taxes, or franchise fees.
“STARTUP-NY has placed SUNY campuses across the state at the core of New York’s workforce and economic development, and I applaud The College at Brockport for this game-changing initiative," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "This plan will enable the College to continue re-energizing the Village of Brockport, the Town of Sweden, and the City of Rochester by bringing new jobs to these areas and providing exciting opportunities for students and faculty. Congratulations to the College and its partners on moving the plan forward.”
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
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