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Terravest Phase II and III Developments in the Town of Southeast.

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Terravest: An Overview

Terravest Corporate Park located off Route 312 is undergoing construction. Currently approved and being built is the 85,000 sq. ft Ace-Endico building. This one facility has been approved for a total of 295,000 square feet and will eventually triple in size. Originally self-described as a food packaging plant Ace-Endico is now asking the IDA for funding as a food packaging plant.


View from Route 312


The entire Terravest project has been approved for a total of over 400,000 square feet with 3 additional warehouse/office buildings to be added to the site. Also under application is Terravest-3, which is located across Zimmer Rd and down slope from Ace-Endico. This parcel is in the approvals process for senior housing (60 units), ball fields and for the Waste Water Treatment Plant (the WWTP has approval from the Putnam County Board of Health) that will service the entire complex including pre-existing buildings at Terravest Corporate Park.

A major problem with the project now is the fact that Ace-Endico will be fully operational with no Waste Water Treatment Plant built. In fact, there will be a 10,000 gallon 'holding tank' for the sewage which will need to be pumped and trucked out until the WWTP is built. This arrangement has been given the green light by the Putnam County Board of Health for 'a short time'. A 'short time' according to the PCBOH is about a year. Although if another lawsuit is instituted the plant could take far longer to build.

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from Zimmer RD.


One of the final steps in the planning process is a wetlands permit that will have to be recommended by the Conservation Commission and then issued by the Southeast Town Board as well as a permit for Senior Housing.

On November 30th at 7:30 PM the Conservation Commission will hold a Public Hearing at Lakeview Manor regarding a wetlands permit for Terravest 3. There will be over 8 acres of wetland buffer disturbance.CRSE urges your attendance at this important hearing. This will be one of the last opportunities to speak out against this ill-conceived encroachment into the buffer area.

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