Cheese plans on hold

PAINTED POST – A key project promoted by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council for state funding is now in limbo.

The Golden Age Cheese Company in Woodhull is reviewing other site options for a new state-of-the-art facility, instead of at the Ingersoll-Rand foundry site in Painted Post, according to village and county officials.

“That deal is dead as far as I’m concerned right now,” Mayor Ralph Foster said.

Village officials were in discussions with the company to construct the $10.7 million project at the foundry site – a state Brownfield Opportunity Area that has been targeted for redevelopment. Foster said the purchase offer for the property has since expired.

Steuben County IDA Executive Director Jamie Johnson said Golden Age Cheese has been assessing multiple other sites in Steuben County since December.

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