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Seneca IDA directs consultants to evaluate Hillside facilities

Faced with the loss of a major tenant, the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors recently discussed the March 2020 departure of Hillside Children’s Center from the former Seneca Army Depot.

Hillside officials announced March 20 that they were not going to renew the 15-year lease with the IDA for buildings that house Hillside’s residential treatment program for children placed there by the courts for behavioral reasons.

The campus would be empty by the end of the year, but Hillside will honor its lease until it expires March 31, 2020.

Upon the recommendation of IDA Executive Director Bob Aronson, the board agreed to direct consulting engineers Fisher Associates of Rochester to do an evaluation of the facilities once all children have been moved to other locations and the campus is empty. Fisher officials will examine the 13 buildings used by Hillside for dormitories and programs.

“We need to do this to be able to market the property or if we intend to fence it off and mothball it,” Aronson said.

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