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Old Greece shipyard sold
by Jennifer Lee
Greece, N.Y. -- A 1941 industrial complex on Dewey Ave has a "sold" sticker on its for-sale sign after being on the market since 2010.
Right by Ling Road, most remember it as the old Odenbach Shipyard. It was active during World War II. It was also used as an Air Force Plant after for B-52 bulkheads.
The realtor for the property, Paul Schiliro, told 13WHAM a development group is interested in transforming the place into a retail complex. He said the deal has not been closed because it has to get over one hurdle: the property's environmental condition.
The Department of Environmental Conservation considers the 33.6-acre property a superfund site. Cleanup is underway due to toxic waste and contamination.
"It has been an eyesore for a long time, and they should've done something about it a long time ago," Greece resident Tim Linehan said.
Greece residents who have seen the property evolve through the years describe it as a "plain building" and "rundown."
Greece officials said they haven't received any official applications for the property, but they would like to.
"That area has kind of been neglected with people coming and going with interest in the property," Chief of Staff Michelle Marini said. "The town would be excited to have a project there, the right project there."
Nearby businesses are also open to the idea of a new project on the site.
Agisilaos Stathopoulos's family owns Parkway Family Restaurant just across the street.
"It would bring a lot of traffic out this way," he said. "Hopefully, more business for us and the other businesses around the area.
Schiliro said it will take several months before they know the site's environmental condition. If all goes well, the purchase may be finalized by the end of the year.