Wayne County officials are optimistic about the redevelopment of the closed Butler Correctional Facility, following a well-attended tour of the site on January 23. Nearly 20 people, including real-estate developers and business representatives, participated in the tour, indicating strong interest in the facility’s future. Wayne County Planning Director Brian Pincelli highlighted the turnout at the recent Industrial Development Agency (IDA) meeting.
The Butler Correctional Facility, encompassing three parcels across 201 acres in eastern Wayne County, has been closed for a decade. The IDA is actively seeking redevelopment proposals, aiming to present the best ideas to state officials. County and town authorities are keen to put the land back to productive use, boosting local employment and revenue.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Tony Verno, who toured the site, noted the facility’s unexpectedly good condition and the potential for multiple uses, including affordable housing. IDA member Julie Dilella mentioned Governor Kathy Hochul’s initiative to use state facilities to increase housing stock. However, concerns were raised about the feasibility of migrant housing in the rural area. The IDA is set to review expressions of interest until February 7, working with MRB Group to develop a viable redevelopment plan.
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