The Galesi Group is looking to build a 151,550-square-foot warehouse distribution facility next to the Old Dominion Freight Lines site inside the Glenville Business and Technology Park.
The Rotterdam-based developer submitted a conceptual site plan for the project to the Glenville Planning and Zoning Commission to review at its Monday meeting. The warehouse would be built on speculation, meaning that no tenant has been identified yet. But Galesi officials feel confident someone will want to lease the space once it’s built.
“From our standpoint, the occupancy that we have in the park is very strong and we want to get the ball rolling on getting another site shovel-ready,” said Galesi Group COO David Buicko. “There are a lot of times that people want space, but the time it takes to go through the approval process can get you a little behind the eight-ball.”
The warehouse would go up on a 10-acre parcel just west of where the Old Dominion trucking terminal is currently under construction. Once complete, it could be used for assembly, research and development, office and/or distribution space.
Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority Chairman Ray Gillen said the idea for the new facility was prompted by recent interest in the Glenville park from “a number of companies.”
“We have strong interest in the Glenville Business and Technology Park following our recent success in attracting Old Dominion’s new facility to the site located right at [Thruway] Exit 26,” Gillen said in an email.
“We have several companies interested in leasing space and creating new jobs in Glenville,” he added, “so we are taking the next step to try and secure approvals needed so that if these companies choose Glenville we can move forward.”
The Glenville park comprises 310 acres with more than 3.5 million square feet of space. It’s home to the new 40,000-square-foot Old Dominion facility, Adirondack Beverages, Dimension Fabricators, DHA Energy, Latham Plastics and other businesses. Infrastructure at the park was upgraded this summer to help local officials market rail service in the park.
The Galesi Group owns a number of industrial parks around the Capital Region, including ones in Rotterdam, Green Island and Albany, and Buicko said he’s always looking to fill them with more companies where there’s space.
“If you tell people you’re going to build a building there, they say, ‘OK, show it to us,’ ” he said. “So from our standpoint, we feel it’s the right time to build.”