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What’s next for Willard Psychiatric Center? Open house coming July 10 to gather input

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The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and the Willard Task Force are seeking public input on repurposing the vacant 475-acre former Willard Psychiatric Center. An open house, aimed at sharing details about an ongoing study of the site and gathering community ideas for its future use, has been scheduled for July 10 at South Seneca Middle/High School in Ovid. The public is invited to attend any time during the three-hour session.


The property, which was last used as a drug treatment center by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision until March 2022, is currently for sale. The IDA has contracted with the MRB Group of Rochester, alongside EDR, Bero Architecture, and HRP Associates, to conduct a “highest and best use” study for the redevelopment of the campus. This study includes demographic and economic analyses, assessment of the current condition of the site’s buildings and infrastructure, input from local stakeholders, and the development of a master plan.

IDA Executive Director Sarah Davis said, “We are excited to provide a platform for community members to actively participate in shaping the future of the Willard site. The public input session represents a crucial step in gathering valuable insights and perspectives, ensuring that the development plans align with the aspirations and needs of our community.” A second open house will be scheduled to share ideas generated from the event and the study.