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A public meeting was held on Tuesday evening to discuss the development of the former Bethlehem Steel site.

LACKAWANNA, NY – Plans are underway to redevelop the Old Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna.

The Erie County Industrial Land Development Corporation (ECILDC) held a town hall meeting Tuesday evening at St. Anthony’s Church in Lackawanna to provide updates on the redevelopment project.

Members of the public were able to learn more about the infrastructure master plan and discuss the environmental review document.

The project has been underway since 2017, when ILDC purchased 150 acres of land. Since then, they have built a cycle path along Route 5, relocated the rail tracks and started cleaning up the property.

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In July, Erie County Manager Mark Poloncarz announced that TMP Technologies had purchased 28 acres of property to build a cleaning products manufacturing plant. They should lead the way in 2020.

The developers also hope to build a net zero building, which is a zero-carbon facility. This building would be available for rent.

There are also plans to extend the current cycle path and open the extension of Dona Street in the property.

Maria Whyte, Erie County Deputy Executive, said, “Over many years the county has invested millions of dollars in this property. With New York State, we are finally seeing the fruits of this labor and truly taking a former brownfield site. and transforming it into a 21st risky industrial park. “

Many at Tuesday’s meeting said they wanted better waterfront access.

The 150-acre property is now ready for commercial and industrial tenants.

Now, for the next step, ILDC will purchase an additional 90 acres on the site to begin Phase II work.