About the Property

The previous Glenfield Elementary School property in the Town of Martinsburg, NY is being made available for reuse/redevelopment by the Lewis County Development Corporation (LCDC), on behalf of Lewis County. The LCDC is offering this Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) prior to soliciting full proposals. The study prioritized housing and lodging.

The property was formerly used as an elementary school through the summer of 2021. Currently, Lewis County owns the site and is utilizing it for temporary office space until May 2023. With over 40,000 square feet of maintained and usable area the opportunities are endless. Centrally located in the Black River Valley between the Tug Hill and Adirondacks, the location offers easy access off of NYS Route 12, nearby access to the Black River and direct access to ATV and snowmobile trail systems. Serviced with natural gas, high speed internet, electric (with 100kw emergency generator), and nearby public transportation - this location is ideal for conversion to a community center, apartments, senior living, hotel, office, retail, mixed use or any of other endless possibilities. Included with the school building is a 2-car garage/storage annex and over 7 acres of property (including a baseball field, tennis/basketball court, playground and additional playing fields).

The Lewis County Department of Planning engaged MRB Group to conduct a Market Analysis and Reuse Plan for the Glenfield Elementary School completed in October 2021. The study included gathering data on existing site conditions, performing a market analysis, examining case studies of school reuse projects, engaging with the public to determine their interests and desires, and creating and testing one reuse concept.

The Lewis County Planning Department also engaged LaBella Associates to conduct a Housing Needs and Market Analysis for Lewis County completed in May 2022. The assessment includes a baseline housing initiatives report, which reviews Lewis County’s existing documentation, plans, studies, and efforts related to housing; demographic and economic data relevant to population, household, housing and employment in Lewis County; a current housing inventory that provides metrics on housing conditions, type, availability, and overall trends; a market analysis that studies residential real estate trends for all housing types; and strategies to implement recommended approaches to address housing needs.

With support from both studies, the LCDC’s primary vision for the Glenfield Elementary School’s future use is housing or lodging.

Site Features

  • Ownership: Lewis County

  • Tax Parcel ID: 259.04-04-08.000

  • Town: Martinsburg, Lewis County, NY

  • Site Size: 6.9 acres

  • Constructed: 1931, with additions in 1979 and 1995

  • Location, Location Location! | The Glenfield property is within a 5 hour drive from major metropolitan cities in the North East, 65 miles from Canada and 40 miles from Fort Drum.

  • Close Proximity to Interstates | Situated less than one mile from State Route 12, connecting Watertown to Utica, where drive through traffic travels from the South to the Canadian border and vice versa.

  • Existing Buildings | Two floors, 44,000+ square foot existing, maintained space on site offering office or housing opportunities. 2 Car Garage/Storage Annex houses the back-up generator.

  • Developable Land | Approximately 7 acres of flat cleared land, that currently houses a baseball field, tennis/basketball court, playground and additional playing fields

  • Nearby Waterway | Located near the Black River. Easy access to the Glenfield Boat Launch for recreational boating and fishing.

  • Nearby Access to Recreational Trails | Close proximity to ATV/OHV Trail and Snowmobile Trail systems.

Request for Expressions of Interest

Invitation to Submit

The Lewis County Development Corporation (LCDC) invites developers, business owners, and entrepreneurs to submit their Expression of Interest for the opportunity to partner with us to redevelop a unique site in New York State’s North Country. The LCDC is assisting Lewis County to sell the former Glenfield Elementary School, a 6.9-acre property in the Town of Martinsburg, NY, currently used as temporary office space for County employees.

The LCDC welcomes innovative development ideas and concepts for this former school, via this Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI). The property is in central Lewis County, in close proximity (but not adjacent) to NYS Route 12. Route 12, running North-South is a connector to major highways 1-90, and I-81 and averages traffic volumes of up to 10,000 daily trips.

In 2021, the Lewis County Department of Planning engaged with the MRB Group to conduct a market analysis and reuse plan for the Glenfield Elementary School. The primary vision for the property’s future use is housing or lodging; however, the LCDC will consider other project ideas and development concepts submitted through this process and weigh them according to job creation potential, perceived business sustainability and success, market demand, and economic and fiscal benefit to the community.

Ideas and concepts submitted through the RFEI process may be developed more fully with the LCDC and the Town of Martinsburg in accordance with the community’s shared economic development objectives. As such, information collected through this RFEI process will be coordinated with the Town of Martinsburg as well as appropriate Lewis County Departments.

Download Request for Expressions of Interest Packet

Fill out the form below to download the request for expressions of interest packet.

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Letters of Interest should address ALL questions and information required, as outlined in the Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI) Packet. You can download the RFEI Packet above.

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