A farm equipment manufacturer will be the new owner of the remaining 7,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot.
A farm equipment manufacturer will be the new owner of the remaining 7,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors voted unanimously Wednesday to sell the acreage to Seneca Ironworks owner Earl Martin for $900,000. Martin’s bid was the third highest of 16 bids the IDA received in February that included a bid from Seneca White Deer Inc.
Seneca White Deer President Dennis Money said the nonprofit will have access to several square miles of acreage at the north end of the former depot for a deer park. Money said he and Martin are working out details of the arrangement.
Martin plans to move his ironworks business that is now in Fayette, Seneca County, to a new manufacturing facility on the south end of the property. He also plans to develop private homes on the former depot and told the IDA he will consider a solar energy development and supports opening a public east-west road from Route 96 to Route 96A.
Money said Martin is interested in preservation of the white deer. "But he has also made it perfectly clear that business is number one."
Transfer of the property from the IDA to the new owner is expected in the fourth quarter of the year, following a state Environmental Quality Review Act process, according to the IDA.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to conduct cleanup on about 1,000 acres of what had been for decades a military storage site for bombs and ammunition.