General Motors has tapped RACER (Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response) to handle the rehabilitation and sale of many of its former properties. Most of them are long-defunct factories in the United States. But the former GM Massena Powertrain plant could be next to find new usage.
To increase the appeal of the mothballed facility, CSX Railway has expressed ongoing interest in the site, according to Watertown Daily Times. In particular, CSX hopes to certify the site as a CSX Select area.
Per the company’s website: “CSX Select Sites are the first, premium certified rail-served sites for industrial development and expansion. Select Site certification criteria include size, access to rail services, proximity to highways, workforce availability, natural gas, electricity, water, and wastewater, environmental and geo-technical standards.”
CSX has continuously expressed interest due to its close proximity to Canada and the site’s rail spur.
“They’re still interested, which is a plus for this site. It would be the first CSX Select site in the Northeast,” Patricia A. Spitzley of RACER said. “It’s kind of elevates the exposure. We also have the benefit of marketing by CSX.”
Cleanup of the old facility is still underway and is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2018.
Update: an earlier version of this story claimed that CSX Railway wanted to purchase the former GM Massena facility. In the effort to quash fake news, the story has been updated to reflect that CSX has only expressed interest in certifying the site as a CSX Select area.