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Rotterdam reaps Metroplex's benefits

Metroplex gives 30 percent of the money it collects from sales taxes directly to the towns. Since its inception Metroplex has given 24.17 million to the towns. This year alone it gave a record $3 million.

Metroplex is currently working on a variety of projects that will expand the tax base in Schenectady County's towns.

Gillen said most of Rotterdam's growth is happening in the Rotterdam Commerce Park, formerly the Industrial Park. Metroplex is working to renovate some of the old warehouses, fill them with tenants and put state-owned buildings back on the tax rolls.

Gillen said his team is also actively looking to fill the space left when VStream left the Opus Technology Park.

"In my opinion this is the nicest manufacturing space in the entire Capital Region," he said.

Gillen said Metroplex is hoping to get a developer interested in the former farm at the intersection of Interstates 88 and 90. He said a truck stop would not be the ideal development for that area and is instead hoping for a mixed-use development.

Metroplex is also planning on sharing costs with the town to upgrade the sewer treatment facility to allow for a private developer to build a sewer line down Route 7 and is helping the Hamburg Street Merchants Association. ""

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