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Seneca Falls seeks buyer through RFP for property along Van Cleef Lake

Town seeks new buyer for empty Seneca Falls property

By Josh Durso

It’s back on the market.

The property at 10 Fall Street, in Seneca Falls, which had previously had an offer – has fallen through. Officials say they worked quickly to get the property back on the market.

Supervisor Mike Ferrara says the property consists of approximately 1.2 acres and is ‘improved’ with a two-story office building, containing approximately 9,680 square feet.

There is an outbuilding that the Town plans to subdivide from the parcel and retain, according to a press release. The property is also serviced by municipal water and sewer, and sits at the shoreline of Van Cleef Lake in the heart of Seneca Falls’ downtown business district.

“The Town is seeking proposals that will provide the best long-term benefit to the citizens of Seneca Falls,” Ferrara said.

The criteria for proposals has been identified as the following:

1 – Impact to neighborhood
2 – Job creation and economic impact
3 – Sustainability, particularly long-term
4 – Best possible use of the property
5 – Purchase price for the property

“Firms interested in being considered shall submit two copies of their qualifications and proposals by no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2020 to the Town Clerk at 130 Ovid Street, Seneca Falls,” the Town said in an RFP. “Please contact the Town Clerk for further information.”

Ferrara says that submissions must contain a brief narrative that clearly outlines the proposed project; demonstrates the firm’s experience in implementing similar projects; and also demonstrates the firm’s financial ability to complete the project and provide a prospective timeline for completion.

The Town says it reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, or any part of a proposal, and to select a proposal deemed to be in the best interest of the community at large. Any sale is subject to permissive referendum.