Bethlehem's Vista Technology Campus.
Photo by Marcy Velte.
BETHLEHEM The decision to approve tax breaks for first technology company lined up for the Vista Technology Campus was once again delayed by the Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency after the developer pulled the project from the agenda for a second time.
At the IDA’s meeting on Friday, April 26, the agency’s Assistant Secretary Tom Connolly said Joe Nicolla of Columbia Development once again sent word he would like the project pulled from the meeting agenda. Connolly said no reason was given for the request, but that “it is in the developer’s right” to have the project dropped from the agenda.
The IDA is in discussions with Breonics Inc., an Albany company specializing in organ regeneration research, to lease space within a new building proposed for a now undeveloped portion of the Slingerlands campus. Breonics is considering the move because the lease at its home in the state’s Harriman Research Center is ending in August.
Nicolla did not attend the meeting, but in a later interview said he wished not to comment on the status of the project. He also would not say if he plans for the project to be placed on the agenda for next month’s IDA meeting.
For Breonics, the development was deemed perplexing.
“I have no idea what’s going on,” said Breonics Chairman Ernie Green. “I don’t know why they would delay the project, we’ve just approved the designs for the type of space we’re going to need and without this (building) finished we’re going to be jammed up.”
Breonics would occupy part of a 27,000-square-foot building on a plot behind the ShopRite grocery store at 65 Vista Blvd. The company would occupy about 6,000 square feet of the building. Another tech company, potentially two, is also in talks with the town to occupy the remainder, but the names of those possible tenants have not been released.