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JCIDA board weighs in on Lundy-Simao rift at county corporate park

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A recent controversy between developers Michael E. Lundy and P.J. Simao was commented on Thursday by Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency board members.

The agency has a covenant that prohibits the establishment of retail businesses at the Jefferson County Corporate Park on outer Coffeen Street, where Mr. Lundy is seeking to lease a building he owns to Penske Truck Leasing. The agency is seeking special approval from park business owners to allow Penske, a retailer, to move in. Mr. Simao, Alexandria Bay, received a letter in July from Penske expressing interest in his building near the park entrance at 21291 Route 12F. But then Penske changed its mind to pursue a 10,000-square-foot facility in the park owned by Mr. Lundy, a West Carthage developer.

Board member Kent D. Burto said an angry telephone call from Mr. Simao to agency CEO Donald C. Alexander this week was inappropriate. Mr. Burto, of Carthage, is one of Mr. Lundy’s business partners. “I know you have gotten calls from an individual who was yelling and screaming at you, and that has to come to an end,” Mr. Burto said to Mr. Alexander. “We’re here for economic development, but not for that crap.”

Added board member W. Edward Walldroff: “It doesn’t matter who the parties are. When they start yelling over the phone, it destroys their credibility.”

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