Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced that the former Sandstone Development Site in the Town of Shelby has been designated as “shovel ready” and is set to become a multi-tenant technology and business park. The process for companies to locate on the site has been streamlined, although businesses may still have to obtain permits on an as-needed basis.

            “I am glad to finally see a major site in my district become ‘shovel ready’ and able to attract new businesses to our area,” Hawley said. “The former Sandstone Development Site is a 125 acre plot with the potential to bring crucial economic development to our region and create many new jobs. I have been battling New York’s oppressive business climate for years and I believe we can use this site as a model for how to quickly approve an area for economic development. Too often, zoning and business regulations halt the development of new businesses in our area and they are forced to take their jobs and tax revenue out of state.”

            The designation of the Sandstone Development Site was announced by Empire State Development (ESD) on May 18. The site is located on Maple Ridge Road south of the Medina Business Park in the Town of Shelby. For more information on the Sandstone Development Site, visit www.orleansdevelopment.org/projects or contact (585) 589-7060 ext. 104 or 105. For more information on New York State’s Shovel Ready program, visit http://www.esd.ny.gov/BusinessPrograms/Data/BuildNow/index.htm.

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