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REAL ESTATE BRIEFS: Plans for selling Seneca Army Depot

The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency will host a public information meeting next month to discuss the immediate future of the former Seneca Army Depot.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Romulus Fire Hall, 2010 Cayuga Street, in the town of Romulus.

“After two decades of marketing the former Seneca Army Depot for economic development, the IDA is planning to sell the depot’s remaining approximately 7,000 acres,” said IDA Executive Director Bob Aronson. “But before we do so, we want to discuss the issue with the public, provide the opportunity for questions, and ensure any potential sale is an open and fair process.”

Of the 7,000 acres, approximately 3,000 acres are in the town of Varick and approximately 4,000 acres are in Romulus.

The IDA is planning to sell the Depot for two main reasons. First, the Army’s environmental clean-up is expected to be completed in 2016 and, in fact, the Army’s caretaker responsibilities are already winding down. The IDA cannot afford to take on the caretaker responsibilities, which include management of the depot property, security, fence repair and maintenance, and wildlife management of a herd of rare white deer.

Second, Aronson said, the IDA is eager to see the depot returned to the tax rolls, increasing the county’s tax base and serving as an economic asset. The IDA has been approached by bidders for the depot property in recent months, Aronson said, and the agency wants to give the public, including other prospective buyers, an opportunity to learn more.

“If you’ve ever had an interest in the former Seneca Army Depot, the public information meeting on Nov. 7 will be your best chance to discuss its immediate future and the potential economic impact on Seneca County,” Aronson said. “We strongly encourage interested parties to attend.”


OGS awarding new construction contracts

New construction bids are being awarded on a number of projects, including four in the Western and Central New York regions, RoAnn M. Destito, New York State Office of General Services commissioner, has announced.

Contracts are expected to be awarded to the apparent low bidders following review and approval by the state comptroller’s office.

Cayuga County: Awarded $5.8 million to New Britain Roofing Co. Inc. of Horseheads to replace roofs at the Cayuga Correctional Facility in Moravia.

Chemung County: $325,500 to Kaplan-Schmidt Electric Inc. of Rochester to upgrade a pipe system at multiple buildings at the Elmira Correctional Facility; also $3 million to SRI Fire Sprinkler LLC of Albany to upgrade a pipe system in multiple buildings at the same prison.

Livingston County: $1.6 million to Steve General Contractor Inc. of Caledonia to replace window wells and gratings in various buildings at the Groveland Correctional Facility in Sonyea.

Additional information about OGS construction and consulting opportunities is available on its  website at under the Empire State Builder Newsletter link.


RealtyUSA expands into Ellicottville

RealtyUSA has entered into a long term lease agreement to rent the property at 34 Washington St. in the heart of Ellicottville. The space most recently had been used for retail, however, prior to its retail use it was a successful real estate office for years.

With significant snowfall, Ellicottville is known for its skiing, snowmobiling and winter sports. However, with dining, golf and summer activities have helped Ellicottville evolve into more of a year-round destination.

Merle Whitehead, president/CEO of RealtyUSA, stated, “As the market leader in Western New York, over the years we have participated in many sales in this market.  Many of our customers and clients own homes in Ellicottville, and expanding to the Cattaraugus County Village of Ellicottville was a logical and strategic move. Existing RealtyUSA Southtowns agents are excited about the opportunities this market represents.”

RealtyUSA currently has an office in Arcade, and Brenda Bacon, the manager of that office, will manage the Ellicottville office, also. Bacon announced that veteran agent Tina Dillon will be joining the office, bringing more than 28 years of experience

RealtyUSA is the largest independent real estate company in New York state with over 65 offices and approximately 2,300 agents and employees. The firm encompasses markets in Buffalo/Niagara, Greater Rochester, Syracuse/Central New York, Northern New York Clayton/Watertown, Binghamton/Southern Tier, Albany/Capital District regions and Montrose, Pennsylvania.


Website searches for haunted homes searched for spine-chilling, blood-curdling and hair-raising homes for sale for their 2015 Haunted Homes For Sale feature. The real estate website has been producing the Halloween haunted homes spotlight since 2009.

Telltale signs that a home might be haunted include loud crashes in the middle of the night, lights that turn on by themselves, zombie children who stay up all night and sleep all day, broken windows, collapsing floors and crooked shutters. In other words, the majority of today’s homes.

Previous Top 10 Haunted Homes For Sale have included the West Virginia site where John Brown met his demise in 1859, a New Orleans mansion where a Turkish Sultan and his entire harem were murdered in the 1800s, the world’s largest ghost house with 110 rooms for sale at $20 million in Philadelphia, a  Florida lake home where Ma Barker and her ghostly gang were wiped out in the longest shootout in FBI history, an actual Colorado ghost town for $2 million, and a Staten Island mansion with tales of mysterious fires, multiple suicides, crying ghost children and a grisly mob hit. No one ever said owning a home was easy. What difference could a few ghosts make?

The Top 10 Haunted Homes For Sale will be published at on Oct. 20.