Former Beech-nut Site Revitalization Process
In June 2011 both the County and Village to began the Beech-nut site revitalization process.
Beech-Nut relocated to new state of the art facility in the Town of Florida.
Beech-Nut Site Sold
Former Beech-Nut facility sold to Ohio developer for potential site redevelopment.
Beech-Nut Site Abandoned
$2 million in back taxes owed.
Exit 29 Task Force
County Executive establishes Exit 29 Task Force to bring stakeholders together to review the site.
Environmental Work Begins
Environmental assessment work begins on the former Beech-Nut site before EPA funds from TBA.
LWRP Grant Secured
County Receives $85K LWRP (Local Waterfront Revitalization Program) Grant.
Public Meeting Held
County & Village host Public Meeting for community outreach and public input.
Restore NY Grant Secured
Montgomery County receives a $500K Restore NY Grant.
National Grid Grant Secured
Montgomery County receives $300,000 grant from National Grid.
Montgomery County Forecloses
With $2 million in back taxes owed, Montgomery County foreclosed on the site and took ownership.
$5 million grant was announced with the $1 million in March 2018
Village of Canajoharie – $6,000,000 – The only project in New York State to receive a “special project” designation, this award will allow for the demolition of abandoned and condemned warehouse space at the former Beech-Nut facility, that sits on a 26.9 acre parcel of land, creating a 15-acre shovel-ready site.
East Side Demolition
East side structures near Exit 29 off ramp demolished and site cleaned, leaving bare concrete slabs.
County & EPA Collaborate
County & EPA Collaborate to remove debris piles located on the exterior of the former Beech-Nut facility.
Engineering Firm Hired
Engineering Firm LiRo hired to conduct an engineering study to determine the cost to demolish remaining structures at the former Beech-Nut facility.
Community Outreach & RFEI
Meetings are held to engage the community for input on future use. Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) are solicited by the Exit 29 Task Force.
Demolition Firm Hired
Binghamton-based demolition contractor Gorick is hired to remove the remaining structures on the east side of the Beech-Nut site.
Exit29Project.com website Launched to Enhance Redevelopment Efforts
Demolition of East Side structures completed by Gorick.
Cleanup & Planning
Asbestos Abatement RFP Issued, Contractors Tour Site.
Apollo Dismantling Services, LLC. Selected
Montgomery County Legislature Selects Apollo Dismantling Services, LLC., for Further Demolition and Asbestos Abatement Work.
Further Debris Removal
National Grid Grant Paid for Debris Removal.
Exit 29 Redevelopment Billboard Installed.
Asbestos Remediation & Abatement Begun.
Canajoharie Village Board Updated
County Executive Ossenfort Provides Site Update to Public Canajoharie Village Board Members.
Second Round of Asbestos Abatement
Second Round of Asbestos Abatement Work Completed.
Signing of Purchase-and-Sale agreement with E29 Labs for 19.6 acres
In April 2021, following New York State’s passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) Montgomery County entered into a Purchase-and-Sale agreement with E29 Labs, a prospective commercial cannabis production company.
The investment, which would encompass 19.6 acres of the 26.9 acre site, has the potential to realize significant private investment by the company, as well as the creation of union manufacturing, office and executive support employment opportunities. Returning the property to private ownership will also help generate critical new revenue streams for Montgomery County as well as the Village and Town of Canajoharie.
|NYS DOS LWRP||$85,000|
|National Grid Brownfield Redevelopment||$300,000|
|Restore NY Special Project (Only in NYS)||$5,000,000|
Learn more about the Exit 29 Redevelopment project, view the site plan and more.
26.9 acres and 35 structures are available for development and the site is electric and water ready.
The Exit 29 site offers exciting developer opportunities along with direct NYS Thruway access.
The former Beech-Nut site located at Exit 29 on the NYS Thruway in upstate New York offers unlimited potential for development across numerous industries from commercial and industrial uses to residential housing and entertainment venues. The Exit 29 Redevelopment Project is fully supported both by Montgomery County and village residents who are eager to welcome the right developer to their vibrant and enthusiastic community.
From breathtaking local scenery to a passionate community there is no better development opportunity in upstate New York.