About the Property

The 46-acre property in the Town of Lyonsdale, NY is being made available for reuse/redevelopment by the Lewis County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). The IDA is offering this Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) prior to soliciting full proposals.

The property was formerly used as a biomass-to-electricity plant prior to the IDA’s acquisition of the property in 2020. The property has been partially demolished, including the demolition of the energy generation plant, to prepare the site for reuse with the remaining building and infrastructure available for use by the new owner. The remaining industrial infrastructure includes direct access to a utility substation, a truck lift and conveyor belt, an office and mechanical building, and a pole barn. The property also features areas of flat cleared land suitable for new development.

The Property is strategically located between the City of Watertown and the Rome/Utica metro area and is approximately four miles from access to New York State Route 12 and immediately adjacent to an active paper mill and the Moose River

Site Features

  • 46.2 acre property formerly used as a biomass-to-electricity plant

  • 3-phase electric through National Grid
  • Natural Gas (NYSEG)
  • Onsite well and waste water septic
  • Office and mechanical building
  • 11,000 square foot pole barn
  • Truck lift and conveyor belt
  • Cleared portions suitable for new development
  • Secluded hilltop location with privacy and scenic views
  • Security fence and gated entrance

Request for Expressions of Interest

Invitation to Submit

The Lewis County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) 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 IDA owns a 46-acre property in the Town of Lyonsdale, NY, adjacent to the Twin Rivers Paper Company, an eco-friendly and sustainable specialty paper product manufacturer along the Moose River.

The IDA welcomes innovative development ideas and concepts for this former biomass-to-electricity site, via this Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI). The property is in southern Lewis County, surrounded by the vast natural resources that supply many thriving businesses in agriculture, forestry, forest products, and energy production. Specifically, the site’s location is well-positioned for ready access to water and timber, presenting a variety of development opportunities.

The vision for the property’s future use is still emerging and the IDA will consider 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 IDA and the Town of Lyonsdale in accordance with the community’s shared economic development objectives. As an example, the Town of Lyonsdale Town Board will conduct a site plan review for any proposed development project. As such, information collected through this RFEI process will be coordinated with the Town of Lyonsdale 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.

Download Request for Expressions of Interest Packet

Submit Your Letter of Interest

Email Address*Email address of the individual who is authorized to represent the Respondent as the primary contact that will be available to provide additional information, if necessary.

The letter should address each of the following questions at a minimum:

  1. What is the respondent potentially interested in doing with the property? Please describe all anticipated uses and activities.
  2. What does the respondent view as the most important features of this property relative to other alternative sites?
  3. What is the respondent’s successful experience with similar projects, activities, and/or uses?
  4. What buildings and/or infrastructure does the respondent anticipate that they would be interested in utilizing?
  5. Does the respondent anticipate that they would require use of the full site? Describe any portions that the respondent believes may be unnecessary or surplus with relation to the anticipated uses and activities.
  6. What does the respondent believe to be the greatest challenges or obstacles with pursuing a project on the property?
  7. What additional information would be helpful or necessary to submit a bid or full proposal to acquire the property?
Upload your introductory letter of interest.*
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