Proposals sought for redeveloping closed Butler Correctional Facility in Wayne County

Nearly four years after the state closed Butler Correctional Facility in Wayne County, Empire State Development has issued a request for proposals to solicit ideas for redeveloping the 200-acre property.

The process will be different than past requests for other properties. Interested parties will be able to submit ideas for using the 101-acre medium security facility, which closed in 2014, or the 50-acre minimum security facility, which shut down in 2011. Respondents have the option of submitting proposals for both facilities if they wish.

There also is a 45-acre parcel next to the facilities that may be added to any proposal.

Each of the former prisons is equipped with administrative buildings, athletic fields, dining halls, gymnasiums, barracks-style housing units, industrial-style kitchens, maintenance facilities and parking lots. There is a paved road around the facilities.

Empire State Development will evaluate the proposals using several criteria, including overall conceptual design and program of uses, direct economic benefits of the project and project design and timing. The state will also determine whether the proposals align with the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council’s revitalization plan, Finger Lakes Forward.

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