The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) is a regional organization representing a nine-county area along the Hudson River between Albany and New York City. In recent years, HVEDC has partnered with local municipalities to specifically support high tech development. However, because many existing industrial sites and facilities have not proved suitable for high technology manufacturing, HVEDC asked IDCA to help identify appropriate technology industries to be pursued for development and to determine specific greenfield sites in the Hudson River Valley that would be attractive to those industries.
IDCA investigated a number of candidate sites to determine physical suitability for technology development and general economic implications on a county-by-county basis. Generalized industry trend analyses of several key technology industries were prepared to identify factors such as gross industry revenues and the outlook for industry growth. The profiles identified technology industries that are growing and that are most likely to be looking for new or expanded facilities.
The HVEDC study then synthesized industry trend findings with physical site opportunities to develop a ranking of the candidate sites based on suitability for technology development.
The Winston Farm site in the Town of Saugerties, Ulster County emerged as the most viable greenfield site due to its large, contiguous size, potential development flexibility, utility and infrastructure access, and lowest cost per buildable acre to develop to 'shovel ready' status. An added bonus of the Winston Farm site regarding the potential for attracting a new-economy workforce is the site's "cool" legacy as the location of the Woodstock II music festival.
IDCA's inclusive design process engaged the Saugerties community in the development of a site-focused feasibility study, preliminary off-site infrastructure studies directly related to the development, a site capacity study, and a conceptual master planning process to create a consensus vision for the site.
Our green approach to technology development integrated LEED® design principles into the initial planning, using physical analysis to determine site development capacity, and based the buildable area determination upon opportunities inherent in the site's unique natural features. At least 70% of the total site area is preserved as open space, including an extensive trail system, biodiversity areas, wetlands, and constructed wetlands. IDCA also produced a master plan concept and open space and recreation framework that will act as both marketing tools and a starting point to enter the New York State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process.