By ANDY GARDNER
MASSENA -- An official with the Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response (RACER) trust said on Thursday that CSX wants to designate the former GM location a Select Site and that could happen by the end of the year.
“CSX is still very much interested in the site,” Patricia Spitzley of RACER said. “There’s a very comprehensive review process and due diligence.”
She said the site will not be owned by CSX, they will service the rails and use the Select Site title as a marketing tool.
“If this site is chosen, it’ll be the only site in the northeast [U.S.] that’s a CSX select site,” according to Spitzley.
She said the rail company is interested because of the existing train tracks and the proximity to the Canadian border.
Spitzley said the property is being marketed in both the United States and Canada. In the near future, she will show it around at a site selectors’ convention in Denver.
At last month’s meeting of the North Country Redevelopment Task Force, Anna Kelly of the Environmental Protection Agency said the site should be completely cleaned up on time by 2016, despite going over budget.