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Fish farm proponents seek to extend option on Cobleskill complex

Fish farm proponents seek to extend option on Cobleskill complex

Schoharie County supervisors will consider Thursday whether to give principals of a slow-moving proj

Schoharie County supervisors will consider Thursday whether to give principals of a slow-moving project more time to finalize a purchase of the former Guilford Mills building in Cobleskill.

A request to extend the offer by Intelligent Fish, a company looking to raise fish for restaurants, is one item on the agenda for a special meeting set for 5 p.m.

The company paid a $50,000 deposit last year and offered to purchase the building and property for $2.5 million, but officials say nothing has taken place locally since then, in terms of permitting or environmental review. The company did get a permit to grow fish, officials said.

Schoharie County seized the facility in 2009 and has been paying school taxes on the parcel since then. The offer would allow the county to break even on unpaid taxes since the former textile manufacturer shut down in 2001.

Efforts to reach Intelligent Fish company owners were unsuccessful via e-mail and telephone Wednesday.

Schoharie County Planning and Development Director Alicia Terry said other people have expressed interest in the building and getting something going there is an important consideration.

The company had already received a six-month extension on its offer to purchase the site, but that expired in June.

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