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Woods in front of county complex may be offered for sale

QUEENSBURY The large two plots of wooded land in front of the sprawling Warren County Municipal Center are likely to be put up for sale soon, and they are ripe for intense commercial development, county officials said this week. The two tracts which include thick woods with pines about 60 feet tall or higher now serve as a buffer between the complex and Northway traffic at Exit 21. The tracts of land will be put up for sale, according to actions taken this week by the county supervisors. Supervisors at a county finance committee meeting voted to put the two parcels of land, totalling about 16 acres, up for sale. Their vote is subject to endorsement Friday Aug. 15 by the full county Board of Supervisors. The plots are zoned as commercial property eligible for intensive development. The southern parcel, 7.16 acres, appraised last year at $750,000 acres, extends down to Glen Lake Rd. County officials estimated it has a market value of about $800,000. The northern plot is 8.58 acres, which extends to the northern Exit 21 interchange near the Montcalm Restaurant, has a value of $850,000. They will be advertised for sale with no minimum bid, allowing the county the right to reject all offers, County Administrator Hal Payne said. These are prime pieces of commercial property, he said. The proposed land sale was undertaken in an effort to reduce a projected tax increase for 20087 and generate more annual property tax revenue from 20098 onward, according to county Board of Supervisors Chairman Fred Monroe. The county supervisors now are working on the 2009 budget, trimming down a preliminary spending plan that calls for a 12 percent tax increase. With the aim of generating revenue, the county supervisors also reviewed Monday a full list of property the county owns to determine whether some other plots could be put up for sale. County Real Property Services Director Michael Swan said the county owns about 69 acres of vacant land, but some of it may be serving a purpose in idle status, or may be under restrictions preventing a sale. The supervisors Real Property committee voted Monday to put up for sale a parcel of land in Horicon on East Shore Dr. 128 feet by 100 feet which has an estimated value of $18,000. Meanwhile, they pledged to study the full list and determine whether some of it can generate tax revenue. We have a lot of property here sitting around doing nothing, Hague Supervisor Dan Belden said

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