GLENVILLE — The Schenectady County Legislature has cleared the way for three businesses to move to the County Airport in Glenville.
The Legislature unanimously approved local laws at its Tuesday meeting that will allow the sale of vacant land at the airport to Bruno Associates of Fort Edward and C2 Design Group, a design and architecture firm in Schenectady. Another business owned by C2’s owner, Euro Tile & Stone, would share the site.
Bruno will pay $180,000 for a 2-acre site, and C2 Design Group will pay $270,000 for 3 acres. County officials said they expect the companies to invest a total of $3 million — and create a total of 70 jobs — within five years.
Backers of both projects would like to begin construction in the fall.
Bruno Associates designs and manufactures presses used primarily in the automotive, paper, composites and furniture industries. The firm would buy 2 acres on Tower Road across from the airport tower and invest $2 million in a 16,000-square-foot facility.The company will bring 12 jobs, which could grow to 20 jobs by 2022, according to the proposal.
C2 Design and Euro Tile & Stone together plan to build an 8,000-square-foot building, investing $1 million to bring 30 jobs to the site, with the potential for 50 jobs by 2022. The companies are now in downtown Schenectady. The expansion is needed to provide more space for architects and marketing staff, as well as showroom and warehouse space, county officials said.
As incentives to locate in the county, Metroplex Development Authority Chairman Ray Gillen said both companies will qualify for an initial 50 percent exemption on property taxes on the new buildings, with full taxes phased in over a 10-year period. They will pay full taxes on the value of the land they purchase, which until now has been tax-exempt county-owned land. Gillen said neither company is receiving any other financial assistance from Metroplex.
Both firms still need to obtain site plan approvals from the Glenville Planning and Zoning Commission.