Painted Post Bulk Water Sale Materials

Court Rulings, Media Coverage, Hydrogeology of Corning Aquifer,Foundry Site Plans,
Water Use Permits, Approvals and Registrations, Development Plans

Court Rulings and Filings in Sierra Club, et al. v. Village of Painted Post, et al.

Appellate Division, Fourth Department, 202/14, CA 13-015582015, on remittitur from the Court of Appeals

Decision, December 31, 2015.

New York Court of Appeals, APL 2014-00266

Decision, 2015 NY Slip Op 08452, November 19, 2015, 26 N.Y.3d 301 (2015).

Oral Argument heard October 13, 2015. Webcast and transcript posted at https://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/OA-Archives.htm

Gas Free Seneca, Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., New York Public Interest Research Group, Inc., Riverkeeper, Inc., Scenic Hudson, Inc., and Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc., Amicus Brief, September 28, 2015.

Railroads of New York, Amicus Brief, September 21, 2015.

New York Conference of Mayors, Amicus Brief, September 9, 2015.

Petitioners-Appellants' Reply Brief, May 15, 2015.

Respondents' Brief, March 19, 2015.

Petitioners-Appellants' Initial Brief, December 22, 2014.

Record on Appeal, Volume 1 and Volume 2, December 22, 2014.

Motion for Leave to Appeal granted, October 23, 2014.

Respondents' Statement in Opposition to Motion for Leave to Appeal, August 7, 2014.

Petitioners' Motion for Leave to Appeal, July 17, 2014.

Appellate Division, Fourth Department, Docket No. CA 13-01558

Decision of Fourth Department denying Petitioner's Motion for Reargument or Leave to Appeal to the Court of Appeals.

Petitioner's Motion for Reargument or Leave to Appeal to the Court of Appeals, April 29, 2014.

Appellate Division decision, March 28, 2014.

Community Watersheds Clean Water Coalition Amicus Brief, filed January 10, 2014.

New York Conference of Mayors Amicus Brief, filed January 6, 2014.

Appellants' Reply Brief, filed December 24, 2013.

Riverkeeper and Natural Resources Defense Council Amicus Brief, filed December 20, 2013.

Orders granting motions of the New York State Conference of Mayors, Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Riverkeeper for permission to file briefs amicus curiae and giving them until January 10, 2014 to do so.

Order giving appellants until December 24, 2013 to file their reply brief. December 9, 2013.

Motion for extension of time to file Appellants' reply brief, November 22, 2013.

Brief for Petitioners, filed November 21, 2013.

Motion for Leave to File Memorandum of Law as Amicus Curiae, Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, October 25, 2013.

Motion for Leave to File a Brief Amicus Curiae, with amended attorney affirmation, New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, October 23, 2013.

Order giving Petitioners-Respondents until November 21, 2013, to file their brief. October 21, 2013.

Motion for Leave to File a Brief Amicus Curiae, New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, October 17, 2013.

Motion for Extension of Time to File Petitioners-Respondents' Brief, Sierra Club et al., September 27, 2013.

Scheduling Order, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, September 18, 2013.

Brief for Respondents-Appellants, Village of Painted Post, Painted Post Development, LLC, SWEPI LP, September 5, 2013.

Notice of Appeal, filed April 22, 2013, by respondents Village of Painted Post, Painted Post Development LLC and SWEPI, LP.

Supreme Court, Steuben County Index No. 2012-0810

Decision by Judge Kenneth Fisher, issued March 25, 2013.

Memorandum of law and supporting affidavits, filed Feb. 22, 2013, by respondents Village of Painted Post, Painted Post Development LLC and SWEPI, LP.

Memorandum of law, filed Feb. 21, 2013, by respondent Wellsboro & Corning Railroad.

Notice of motion to file amicus memorandum of law and draft memo, filed Feb. 14, 2013, by the Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition.

Memorandum of law and supporting affidavits, including affidavits of hydrogeologic expert, Paul Rubin, filed January 28, 2013, by petitioners.

Notice of motion to dismiss and/or for summary judgment and memorandum of law, filed October 10, 2012, by respondent Wellsboro & Corning Railroad.

Verified answer, filed Sept. 10, 2012, by respondent Wellsboro & Corning Railroad

Verified answer and motion to dismiss and/or for summary judgment with supporting documents, filed Aug. 3, 2012, by respondents Village of Painted Post, Painted Post Development LLC and SWEPI, LP.

Verified petition and order to show cause in Sierra Club et at., v. Village of Painted Post, et al., filed June 25, 2012, Index No. 2012-0810.

Media Coverage of Painted Post Withdrawals and Related Issues

02/28/16 Evaluating Impacts of Bulk Water Sales on the Corning Aquifer, contains links to videos and slides from presentations at Feb. 27 forum, New York Water Blog.
02/27/16 Neighbors Gather in Corning for Public Forum on Water Sales, Tanner Jubenville,WETM.
02/27/16 Steuben County Residents Concerned About Safety of Drinking Water, Tina Yadzani, Time Warner Cable News.
02/26/16 Drinking water forum Saturday, Jeff Murray, Elmira Star-Gazette.
02/25/16 Forum to discuss impact of Painted Post water sales on aquifer, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader.
01/07/16 The People Win Over Shell in Fracking Water Withdrawal Case, Sandra Steingraber, EcoWatch
01/06/16 Painted Post loses case over fracking water, Jeff Murray, Elmira Star-Gazette.
01/06/16 Village of Painted Post Loses Case Over Selling Water to Hydrofracking Company, Megan Zhang,TWC News.
01/05/16 Water Sales On Hold In Painted Post: Court Halts Sale to Fracking Company, George Kastenhuber, WETM
01/04/16 Ruling halts Painted Post bulk water sales, Derrick Ek, Steuben Courier-Advocate
12/10/15 Court of Appeals – Challenged Government Action: Sierra Club et al. v. Village of Painted Post, et al., Daily Record
11/30/15 Appeals court ruling in Painted Post water case, Jeff Murray, Elmira Star-Gazette.
11/24/15 Ruling favors Painted Post water sales opponents, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader
11/23/15 New York’s highest court reaffirms rights of environmental plaintiffs, John Parker and Misti Duvall, Riverkeeper Docket
10/11/15 Plug the leak in NY’s environmental law, Peter Mantius,Corning Leader, p. A4
10/11/15 NY's highest court to weigh Painted Post bulk water sales, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader, p. A1
06/30/15 Arguments set in Painted Post water case, Steuben Courier Advocate
04/07/15 Painted Post officials: Water sales pay off, Jeffrey Smith ,Corning Leader, p. A1
04/05/15 Taxes set to drop in Painted Post, Jeffrey Smith ,Corning Leader, p. A1
10/29/14 New York State Allows Water Grab, Peter Mantius, DC Bureau
10/24/14 State's highest court to hear Painted Post water sale case, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader, p. A1
04/09/14 No word yet on resuming Painted Post water sales, Corning Leader
04/02/14 Court tosses fracking water lawsuit, Jeremy Moule, Rochester City Newspaper
04/01/14 Court ruling clears way for Painted Post water sales to resume, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader
02/21/14 Sides litigate sale of water for fracking, Associated Press, The Tribune-Review
02/20/14 Painted Post water sales appeal in court Monday, Corning Leader
10/08/13 Court will hear Painted Post water sale appeal in February, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader, p. A1
06/16/13 Water-intensive fracking spreads to drought areas, Associated Press, Corning Leader
05/14/13 Judge's ruling in Painted Post water sales to be appealed, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader, p. A1
04/22/13 Lindley woman's plan to sell water for fracking meets resistance, Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader, p. A1
04/05/13 New facility to sell drilling water planned in Lindley, Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader, p. A1
03/31/13 Judge's Ruling Protects Corning Aquifer, Peter Mantius, Corning Leader
03/28/13 Crozier unsure of village’s next move on water deal, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader
03/28/13 Bulk water sale operation in Painted Post put on hold, Crystal Cranmore, YNN
03/26/13 Judge voids Southern Tier village's water sales , Jeremy Moule, Rochester City Newspaper
03/26/13 NY Judge Tells Pa. Frackers: This Ain’t “Chinatown”, Chip Northrup, No Fracking Way Blog
03/26/13 Judge: Environmental Review Needed Before P.P. Drilling Water Sales Continue, Shannon Lins, WETM
03/26/13 Judge halts Painted Post water sales, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader, p. A1
03/02/13 Judge Hears Case, To Rule Soon (PDF), Derrick Ek, Corning Leader, p. A1
03/02/13

Rally opposes possible water sale deal, David Andreatta, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

03/01/13 Groups rally outside Hall of Justice over fracking lawsuit, WHEC Rochester.
03/01/13 Southern Tier water case with fracking ties in court today, Jeffrey Moule, Rochester City Newspaper
02/10/13 Painted Post Board to Discuss What's Next (PDF), Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader, p. A1
01/30/13 Hearing set for Painted Post water lawsuit, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader, p. A1
12/26/12 Water shortage stopping growth in Tioga County, Cheryl R. Clarke, Williamsport Sun-Gazette
12/13/12 Village's Future Debated at Packed Forum, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader, p. A1
10/05/12 Painted Post lawsuit moves to different court, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader
10/05/12 Trains no longer running at night, Painted Post residents say, Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader
09/15/12 Painted Post fracking rally: Residents, activists join forces , Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader
09/11/12 Residents Weary of Night Trains (PDF), Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader
09/10/12 Board Eyes Uses for Water Sales Funds (PDF), Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader
08/26/12 Painted Post Water Sales: Late Trains Rattle Residents (PDF), Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader
07/23/12 Hearing on Water Sales Lawsuit Delayed, Derreck Ek, Corning Leader
07/12/12 Stop Painted Post Water Sales? It’s Not Likely (PDF), Bob Rolfe, Corning Leader
07/10/12 Painted Post faces lawsuit over water project: Sierra Club, others want to village to conduct new environmental review, Ray Finger, Elmira Star-Gazette
07/10/12 Painted Post hires attorney in water suit, Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader
07/06/12 Painted Post Water Lawsuit, Walter Smith -Randolph, WENY TV
07/06/12 Lawsuit Filed Against PP Bulk Water Sale Project (PDF), Derrick Ek, Corning Leader
07/05/12 Lawsuit Filed Over Water Exports to Gas Industry , Stacey Minchin, WETM TV
06/14/12 Water Station on Track to Be Complete by End of July, Jeffrey Smith (PDF), Corning Leader
06/11/12 Water Sale Cause for Concern (PDF), Mary Finneran, Letter to the Editor, Corning Leader
06/07/12 Water Sales to Fracking Industry Stopped in Southern Ohio, Buckeye Forest Council, ecowatch.org
06/04/12 Drillers Seek Permits for River Water (PDF), Leader Staff, Corning Leader
06/02/12 Removal of billions of gallons of water from the earth ’s surface arouses new opposition to fracking, Bob Downing, Akron Beacon Journal
05/04/12 The Real Cost of Water Sales (PDF), David Peris, Letter to the Editor, Corning Leader
05/03/12 Work Under Way on Water Loading Facility (PDF), Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader
05/01/12 Village of Painted Post could earn $4M selling water, Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader
04/30/12 How much is Painted Post water worth ? Officials aren’t telling, but expert says public has right to know, Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader
03/26/12 Village of Painted Post Set to Sell Water, YNN
03/24/12 PP to sell water for drilling, Corning Leader
03/17/12 Municipal water export: Whose water? Whose rights?, Rachel Treichler and Mark Schlechter, Steuben Courier Advocate
03/12/12 For sale: Municipal water rights, Bobby Magill, Fort Collins Coloradoan
02/23/12 Painted Post to Sell Surplus Water, Bobby Brooks, WETM TV
02/08/12 Proposed Painted Post Water Loading Site Will Try To "Blend In," Chris Hush, WETM TV
02/07/12 Painted Post facility may break ground in March, Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader
01/31/12 Painted Post water deal moves forward: Village could sell 1 million gallons daily,
Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader
01/27/12 Don't Let Drillers Tap our Water (PDF), Jean Wosinski, Guest View, Corning Leader, p. 4A
09/21/11 Local officials briefed on water withdrawals, gas drilling issues, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader
09/15/11 Plan to Sell Water Moves Ahead (PDF), Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader, p. 1A
09/14/11 Selling City Water a Good Idea (PDF), Editorial, Corning Leader, p. 4A
09/12/11 City in Talks to Sell Water for Drilling (PDF), Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader, p. 2A
08/05/11 Water Sale Plan Raises Concerns (PDF), Frances Mikolajczak, Letter to the Editor, Corning Leader
07/29/11 What Are Legislators Thinking? (PDF), Virginia Wright, Letter to the Editor, Corning Leader
07/27/11 Painted Post closes in on deal to sell water for fracking, Corning Leader
07/12/11 Painted Post Fracking Water Deal Progresses (PDF), Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader, p. 2A
06/29/11 Lawyer Hired for PP Depot: Water Facility Would Supply Gas Drillers (PDF), Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader, p. 1A
06/23/11 PP to Mull Proposal for Water Depot (PDF), Jeffrey Smith , Corning Leader
05/16/11 Questions about Selling Water (PDF), Frank Anastasio, Letter to the Editor, Corning Leader
05/10/11 Selling water a good idea for city, by Leader Staff, Corning Leader
05/08/11 City Considers Selling Water: News of Painted Post Plan Has Corning Officials
Interested (PDF)
, Corning Leader, p. 1A.
04/25/11 Water would be shipped to Pa. for use in fracking, Jeff Murray, Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin
04/21/11 Let Your Voice Be Heard Now (PDF), Corning Leader editorial, p. 4A.
04/17/11 Water station could help Painted Post cash in on fracking, Derrick Ek, Corning Leader

Materials on the Hydrogeology of the Corning Aquifer

Chemung River Valley Water Study, Town of Erwin, Town of Corning, City of Corning, Village of Painted Post, and Village of Riverside, prepared for the Town of Erwin by Stearns and Wheler, LLC and Leggette, Brashears & Graham, Inc., September 2002. Download 2.7 MB PDF of the report without the four 11x17 figure pages. Download 11x17 figure pages individually:

Fig. 3-1, Well Locations Study Area
Fig. 6-1, Map Showing Finite Difference Grid and Boundary Conditions
Fig. 6-2, Comparison of Simulated Water Table Maps between CAAM02 and CAAM88
Fig. 6-3, Location of Calibrated Targets

Groundwater Flow Model of the Corning, New York Area, Paula Ballaron, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, March 1988. Download 3 MB PDF of the report without the six 11x17 figure pages. Download 11x17 figure pages individually:

Page 18, Figure 4. Traces of Geologic Sections
Page 42, Figure 12. Map Showing Finite-Difference Grid and Boundaries of the Model
Page 77, Figure 21. Map Showing Calculated Water Level Contours in Layer 1 for Average Conditions
Page 87, Figure 23, Map Showing Calculated Water Level Contours in Layer 1 for Average Conditions with No Pumping Wells
Page 91, Figure 24. Map Showing Calculated Water Level Contours in Layer 1 for Hypothetical Drought Conditions
Page 103, Figure 1. Map Showing Location of Selected Wells and Staff Gages in the Corning Area

The Corning Aquifer, Stephanie Trump, Hydrogeology Term Project, Emporia State University, 2009.

Surficial Aquifer System, Valley-Fill Glacial Aquifers (featuring the Corning Aquifer), USGS, Ground Water Atlas of the United States, HA 730-M, Illustrations.

Hydrogeology of Valley-Fill Aquifers and Adjacent Areas in Eastern Chemung County, New York, Paul M. Heisig, USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5092, 2015.

Map Showing Primary Aquifers in New York, Figure 2.1, Alpha Geoscience, Revised Draft SGEIS 2011, Page 2-21.

Water Resources and Natural Gas Production from the Marcellus Shale, Daniel J. Soeder and William M. Kappel, Fact Sheet 2009–3032, USGS, 2009.

"Many regional and local water management agencies are concerned about where such large volumes of water [for gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing] will be obtained, and what the possible consequences might be for local water supplies. Under drought conditions, or in locations with already stressed water supplies, obtaining the millions of gallons needed for a shale gas well could be problematic."

Ground-Water Quality in the Chemung River Basin, New York, 2008, by Amy J. Risen and James E. Reddy, USGS in cooperation with NYS DEC, Open-File Report 2011-2012, 2004.

Ground-Water Quality in the Chemung River Basin, New York, 2003, by Kari Hetcher-Aguila, USGS, Open-File Report 2004-1329, 2004.

Water Quality Strategy for Steuben County, Steuben County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, April 2009.

Central Southern Tier Groundwater Critical Recharge Area Project, Final Report, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, June 1985.


Fig. 5, Steuben County Aquifers, Water Quality Strategy for Steuben County,
Steuben County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, April 2009, p. 29.

The Corning aquifer is the only aquifer in the upper half of the Susquehanna River Basin that has been declared a “Potentially Stressed Area” by the SRBC. “Potentially Stressed Areas” are defined as “areas in the basin where the utilization of groundwater resources is potentially approaching or has exceeded the sustainable limit of the resources.” See Appendix 3 of the SRBC's Comprehensive Plan for the Water Resources of the Susquehanna River Basin, , p.95. Click here for map.

Foundry Site Plans

Deed from Ingersoll-Rand to Painted Post Development, LLC, recorded in the Steuben County Clerk's Office, Book 1988, Page 10, Dec. 1, 2005.

Mortgage from Painted Post Development, LLC to Ingersoll-Rand, recorded in the Steuben County Clerk's Office, Book 2540, Page 337, Dec. 1, 2005.

Remedial Work Plan for the Former Ingersoll Rand Foundry Site (Appendix D to the Deed), Malcolm-Pirnie, August 2005.

Survey Map of Dresser Rand Painted Post Foundry Site, Hunt Engineering, April 15, 2004.

Objections of Ingersoll-Rand Company to Village of Painted Post Condemnation of the Ingersoll-Rand Foundry Property, Phillips Lytle LLP, March 31, 2004.

Boring and Monitoring Well Locations at the former Ingersoll Rand Foundry Site in 2004

Boring and Monitoring Well Locations at the former Ingersoll Rand Foundry Site in 2004
as shown in Fig. 2.1 of the Malcolm-Pirnie Remedial Work Plan

Water Withdrawal Permits and Approvals

Permits Issued by the State of New York to the Village of Painted Post

Map of Painted Post Village Water System, Stearns & Wheler, 1971.

Public Water Supply Contact Information, Steuben County, NYS Department of Health , Sept. 15, 2015.

09/03/1909

Village of Painted Post receives approval from NYS Water Supply Commission to build a municipal water system. Scan of decision.

11/25/1941

NYS Department of Conservation Water Power and Control Commission approves an additional source of water supply for the village water system. Scan of decision.

02/04/1947

NYS Department of Conservation Water Power and Control Commission approves an additional source of water supply for the village water system. Scan of decision.

03/01/1949

NYS Department of Conservation Water Power and Control Commission approves an additional source of water supply for the village water system. Scan of decision.

06/12/1956

NYS Department of Conservation Water Power and Control Commission approves an additional source of water supply for the village water system.. Scan of decision.

01/10/1975

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation approves an additional source of water supply for the village water system. Scan of decision.

04/10/1978

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation approves an extension of the permissive service area of the village water system to the Howard Johnson restaurant in the Town of Erwin. Scan of decision.

DEC and DOH Registered Users in the Corning Aquifer

DEC database of water users with the capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons per day or more. Database displays as map on Google Earth . Zoom in to view users in the Corning aquifer.

Map showing major wells in the aquifer, Fig. 3-1 from Chemung River Valley Water Study, prepared for the Town of Erwin by Stearns and Wheler, LLC and Leggette, Brashears & Graham, Inc., September 2002. Click here for study without figures. Click here for Fig. 3-1.

Public water supply systems in Steuben County registered with the New York State Department of Health.

Economic Development Plans

Developer Eyes K-Mart site in Gang Mills for Hampton Inn, Jeffery Smith , Corning Leader, Mar. 13, 2012.

Options for the Future - A Report for the Village of Painted Post and the Town of Erwin: Shared Services / Consolidation Options for the Village and Town, Prepared for the Village Board of Trustees by the Village of Painted Post and Town of Erwin Study Committee by Charles Zettek Jr., Project Director and Vicki Brown, Project Manager, December 2011.

Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan, An Ecosystem-Based Watershed Management Plan for the
Susquehanna and Chemung Basins of New York
, Southern Tier Regional Planning, on-going.

Implementation of $285,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, Recovery Act or Stimulus) 604(b) award made by NYSDEC to Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board for Water Quality Management Planning: Develop a regional action plan for the Chemung and Susquehanna river basins for ecosystem based watershed management.

Steuben County Economic Development Plan, 2011-2013, Steuben County IDA

Southern Tier's Approach to Economic Growth , Regional Economic Development Council of the Southern Tier, Nov. 2011.

BOA Community Projects, NYS Depart. of State, Office of Communities and Waterfronts, Region 8 - Southern Tier, Town of Erwin, Villages of Painted Post/Riverside - Step 2

The Town of Erwin will complete a Nomination for an approximately 494-acre area characterized by 22 potential brownfield sites that are located at the interchange of Interstates 99 and 86. The primary objectives include cleaning-up and ensuring compatible reuse of brownfields and other vacant land and creating long-term employment opportunities.

Brownfield Opportunity Area, Step 2, Nomination Study, prepared for the Town of Erwin, the Village of Painted Post, and the Village of Riverside by the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board, Peter J. Smith & Co., Hunt Architects, Engineers and Surveyors, No Date

Page 24. The river was a developmental asset before the 1940’s because it was used for transportation of goods and people; now the practical feature of the River is in water availability to industry.

Page 35. Water

All properties within the BOA are served by Village of Painted Post public water. The Village of Painted Post uses three wells to supply water: Well #2 has a capacity of 500 gallons per minute (GPM), Well #3 pumps about 500 GPM (capacity is 750 GPM) and Well #4 is permitted at 1000 GPM though pumps from 800 to 900 GPM on average. They were constructed in 1941, 1956 and 1975 respectively. The Village also has two water storage tanks: a 1.5 million gallon tank on Reservoir Road and a 50,000 gallon tank to on West Hill Terrace. The distribution system is adequate to provide water to customers. The Village of Riverside is served by the Village of Painted Post with back-up interconnection with the City of Corning. Painted Post serves the Town of Erwin to the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church on Route 415 though it is expected that the Coopers Plains Water District project will be complete by the end of 2009, providing water to the Erwin BOA and beyond from the Morningside Heights wells in Gang Mills. However, the new water service will be interconnected with Painted Post as emergency back-up.

In the fall of 2002 the City of Corning, Village of Painted Post, Village of Riverside, Town of Erwin, and the Town of Corning undertook the Valley Water Supply Study to identify cost effective ways of providing water service throughout the communities, to explore new administrative options, and to create a Drought Management Plan to protect critical drinking water and industrial needs during dry seasons such as the one experienced in 1999-2001.

Results of the study show a long term advantage to the communities to consider new ways to provide water to the Chemung Valley. The oversight committee continued to study the matter. Most recently, with the economic downturn, interest in shared services has increased and the idea of a regional water supply system may become a priority again.

I-86/I-99 Corridor Economic Development Blueprint, Three Rivers Development Corporation, June 2009, 40.51 mb

Plan shows possible sites for development, by Bob Recotta, Corning Leader, Jun 26, 2009.

Three Rivers officials rolled out its Economic Development Blueprint Thursday encompassing seven municipalities that border the Interstate Highway 86/99 corridor. The 43-page document identifies 16 areas along the corridor that would be suitable for future development for manufacturing, retail, tourism, business and commercial uses. The study was driven by the $400 million federal and state governments have spent on interstate highway projects in our area, said Jack Benjamin, president of Three Rivers Development Corp., which spearheaded the study. “The rationale was to put together a plan that takes advantage of that investment,” Benjamin said. “Our access to two interstates presents an unusual opportunity. Businesses want to be located near exits.” In addition to the interstates, Whit Smith , of Corning Inc., said the existing railway system also makes this corner of the county desirable to industry looking to expand or relocate. “The natural railway rights of way are huge as far as attracting industry,” Smith said. Benjamin said the blueprint will be used to attract new business. “The end game is, not only do we have a plan for the interstate, we have a marketing tool for southeast Steuben County for the next 10 to 15 years,” Benjamin said.

Pre-Nomination Study for the Erwin/Painted Post/Riverside Brownfield Opportunity Area, prepared for the Town of Erwin, the Village of Painted Post, and the Village of Riverside by the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board, March 2009

Priority Development Sites Overlay the Corning Aquifer
Fig. 4 Priority Development Sites from I-86/I-99 Corridor Economic Development Blueprint,
Three Rivers Development Corporation, June 2009. Note how the development sites
overlay the Corning aquifer. See aquifer map above.

 

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