Camillus Mills Announces Initial Medical Alliances, Launches a $200,000.00 Incentive Campaign to Attract Family Care and Internal Medicine Practice Groups

Sweet Spot Development today announces that it has signed agreements with two Syracuse-based medical practices to become ground floor participants in the much-anticipated Camillus Mills medical-wellness project under development on 4+ acres on West Genesee Street in the Village of Camillus, New York. The strategic alliance partners two growing Central New York medical specialty groups with local development firm Sweet Spot Development. The groups' medical concentration areas include nephrology and urology, however, specific details and terms of the alliance are not yet being made public. According to Sweet Spot Development's Managing Member Tom Blair, these initial announcements may be followed by further news in the 1st quarter of 2014 due to aggressive incentive campaigns launched by the development firm today to attract anchor tenants to the site of the former Camillus Cutlery Company.

                                     "We are very happy and proud to be affiliated with the groups we have reached
                                      agreement with, and are now targeting Family Care and Internal Medicine practices
                                      for Camillus Mills. In order to do this, we have decided to offer interested
                                      groups up to $200,000.00 in allowances, as well as provide equity opportunities
                                      and the ability to take part in a unique and lucrative tax credit program.

                                      We understand the pressures medical groups are under today, and are determined to
                                      help our medical partners and tenants lower their occupancy costs while providing a
                                      warm and safe Class A environment for patients and staff."

In addition to the incentives now being offered to family care and internal medicine practices to sign leases with Camillus Mills, the development team is also seeking leases from other medical/wellness groups that are looking to add a western Central New York location, or looking to relocate to a new facility with manageable overhead.

All new tenants to Camillus Mills will be offered allowances and unique tenant packages tailored to their needs. According to Blair, there have been some discussions about the addition of urgent care and 24/7 sports medicine to the project as well, however, possible targets for the site have not yet been identified in these areas. Groups that sign leases over the next several months can reasonably expect to occupy their new offices as soon as summer/fall of 2014.

The Camillus Mills project will offer nearly 35,000 square feet of commercial space in a two-story 43,000+ square foot mixed-use building. The historic former Camillus Cutlery Company world headquarters office building is being entirely renovated to offer class "A" medical-wellness space to interested groups in 2014. It is located in the village downtown business district at 54 West Genesee Street. The site is bounded by Nine Mile Creek and is slated for over 300 parking spaces.

The development team has recently added safety and comfort features at the medical/wellness project which it believes will set Camillus Mills apart from many other CNY medical office opportunities. Exterior features include a snow melt system integrated under the sidewalks surrounding the two main entranceways, wrought iron fencing, and 19th century period lighting. Additionally, the northern building entrance will be covered by a Portico which protects patients and vehicles dropping patients off from inclement weather. There will be reserved parking for physicians and patients, and a leisure area with benches along Nine Mile Creek to make those trips to the doctor's office even more relaxing. An elevator system will be added to the newly constructed north entrance, and green, energy efficient design will include a heat pump system to serve all interior commercial spaces. A breakfast kiosk and other food concepts are also currently being studied for the site.

The project has previously been identified as a Priority Project by the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council and has received broad local and state support. Construction activities at the property have been underway since the spring of 2013 and major building renovations will follow after final approval from state and national historic registry authorities which are currently reviewing an application for the site's inclusion on the state and national historic registries. According to Blair, the nomination process should be completed in early 2014. His team has already successfully completed part one of the process and received preliminary recommendations for inclusion on the historic registries.

Project renderings, brochures and site leasing materials are available at www.camillusmills.com. To speak directly with one of the members of the development team, the number to call is 315-707-4471.

 

Camillus Mills Awards Construction and Engineering Contracts

Sweet Spot Development today announces that Liverpool-based Parsons-McKenna Construction Company, Inc. is being awarded approximately $5.25 million in construction contracts for the Camillus Mills medical-wellness project located at the former home of the Camillus Cutlery Company in the Village of Camillus, New York.

The awarding of the contracts comes on the heels of a two-stage competitive bid process that saw a dozen CNY construction companies competing for the prime contractor role. The initial work to be completed will involve oversight of debris removal and site clean-up in light of the February fire at the former manufacturing site which razed nearly 80,000 square feet of vacant buildings on site. Sweet Spot Development's Managing Member Tom Blair will be introducing Parsons-McKenna to the Village Board of Trustees during an evening meeting tonight, and will be announcing that site clean-up work should begin shortly.

          "We are very happy to be partnering with Parsons-McKenna for the Camillus Mills project and have
          great confidence in Jake McKenna and his team.  We look forward to beginning the process of
         rehabilitating this property and are excited to be kicking off initial clean-up efforts within the next week."

Parsons-McKenna President Jake McKenna:

          "Parsons-McKenna Construction Co., Inc. is extremely pleased that we have been selected to work
          with the team at Sweet Spot Development and their consultants, on this tremendous project. Upon its
          completion, this project will certainly become the "jewel" of the Village of Camillus."

Additionally, civil engineering firm TDK Engineering is being awarded the civil and environmental engineering contracts for Camillus Mills.  The Camillus-based firm had previously provided site planning services for the project and was an easy choice according to Blair.

          "TDK is a trusted and important partner in this project and the firm brings a wealth of knowledge
          in site, structural and environmental areas.  We are glad to have them aboard."

TDK managing partner Joe Durand:

          "Tom Blair and Sweet Spot's vision and thorough due diligence will result in a first class re-development
          project and a positive "shot in the arm" for the Camillus community. Adding Jake McKenna's team will 
          definitely take it to an even higher level of success. TDK is honored to be a part of making it a reality."

Since the former cutlery manufacturing site has been identified as in need of environmental remediation, the Sweet Spot Development team has entered the project into the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's Voluntary Cleanup Program. As a voluntary clean-up participant, Camillus Mills will work through the various facets of site remediation while it is overseen by NYDEC and the developer's consulting engineers.

Once the site is fully remediated, site work will begin along with rehabilitation work involving a 45,000 square foot building that will serve as the project's mixed use medical-wellness office building.  The former Camillus Cutlery world headquarters office building will be offering class "A" medical-wellness space to interested groups.  Leasing is currently underway, with the intent to provide tenant move in opportunities in the summer of 2014.

Project renderings, brochures and site leasing materials are available at www.camillusmills.com.

 

February Fire

On Monday, February 11th, some of the vacant buildings which once housed Camillus Cutlery manufacturing operations caught fire and as a result the buildings had to be razed. This unfortunate event was handled so very professionally by emergency responders from Camillus and many nearby communities. On behalf of Camillus Mills, we send our sincere thanks and gratitude to each and every one of the men and women involved in battling the blaze and keeping the surrounding areas safe. They are all role models who risk their safety for others and their dedication and courage is greatly appreciated by everyone involved in the Camillus Mills Project.

Regarding the Camillus Mills Project, we are fully committed to reviving this proud site and introducing a first class medical wellness campus to the community. We thank all of the well wishers for your kind thoughts, prayers and support during this trying time. Our team will not slow down. We are fully intent on finishing what we started and are grateful to be part of such a strong and resilient community.

More news and project updates will be posted on a weekly basis, so please keep checking in.

Thank you,

Tom Blair

Camillus Mills Chosen as a CNY “Priority Project” and Recommended for $500,000.00 in Funding

Sweet Spot Development is very pleased to announce that Camillus Mills has been named one of 34 top Priority Projects by the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council.

Camillus Mills' selection as a Priority Project was made known this week as part of the regional council's 96-page strategic plan update for 2012. The mixed-use medical-wellness project has been recommended by the council for a $500,000.00 economic development award.

The possible funding is welcome news to Sweet Spot Development CEO Tom Blair.

"Camillus Mills' inclusion as a Priority Project is the result of weeks of hard work by our team in completing a first class Consolidated Funding Application. This was a competitive process that saw close to 200 applications, so we are fortunate and thankful to be one of the 34 projects chosen in the 5-county CNY region."

Other regional councils are also competitively applying for a total of $150 million in economic development funding. All regions will now have their Priority Project funding requests reviewed at the state level for funding consideration. Final regional awards are subject to state prioritization and voting. Last years' funding requests from the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council led to $103.87 million in total funding being awarded to Central New York projects. This year's CNY request is for a total of $33.7 million. No timetable has officially been set for the statewide funding announcements, however, economic planners are expecting late Fall decisions.

The initial phase of Camillus Mills involves the rehabilitation of the 45,000 square foot former Camillus Cutlery world headquarters building in the Village of Camillus, in western Onondaga County. The space will be renovated into medical-wellness office space, and upscale second floor apartments on Main Street in the village. Decades old buildings along Nine Mile Creek will be demolished as part of efforts to clean the 4.5 acre property and introduce new parking and green space. The vacant former manufacturing site is designated as environmentally challenged and Sweet Spot Development's plan is to remediate the entire property. The firm also plans to construct additional buildings on the site in later phases. The project is now in its leasing stage.

Sweet Spot Development Closes on Former Camillus Cutlery Property and Secures Initial Medical Commitments for Camillus Mills

There is big news developing in the western suburbs of Central New York. The Camillus Cutlery Company property located in the Village of Camillus has now changed hands and is about to get a new lease on life!

The long vacant home to what was once the world's most renowned knife manufacturer will now be transformed into a medical wellness center thanks to the efforts of Sweet Spot Development.

Today, the Skaneateles-based realty firm removed the long-existing for sale signs and replaced them with Camillus Mills signs. This mixed use medical-wellness project will transform the Village's largest commercial property into a hub of healthcare activity. The multi-phase project will be the first sizeable medical office project in the western suburbs of Central New York in approximately 15 years.

The initial phase of Camillus Mills involves the rehabilitation of the 45,000 square foot former Camillus Cutlery world headquarters building. The space will be renovated into medical-wellness office space, and upscale second floor apartments on Main Street in the Village. Decades old buildings along Nine Mile Creek will also be demolished as part of efforts to clean the 4.5 acre property and introduce new parking and green space. The vacant former manufacturing site is designated as environmentally challenged and Sweet Spot Development's plan is to remediate the entire property. The firm also plans to construct additional buildings on the site in later phases.

Camillus Mills has agreements with two significant medical participants for the project. Names of the practices are not being made immediately available, but both are well-established multi-office practices. Sweet Spot Companies' operations officer, Roy Brunner, is now on the look-out for additional practices wanting to take advantage of the western suburbs growing patient base.

"We are very pleased with the initial groups which have committed to Camillus Mills, and are turning our attention to securing medical groups to help anchor the site. We are launching full-blown lease efforts within the next week to fill about 30,000 square feet of space remaining in Phase I. We are positioned to provide competitive lease terms, a great location, and possible ownership opportunities to tenants. Our location in the western suburbs is ideal in today's changing medical landscape and our tenants will benefit from being directly on "Main Street" in a Village positioned for resurgence."

The former Camillus Cutlery site has been empty since the company closed its doors in 2007. It is located two-tenths of a mile from I-695 and is about a 15 minute drive from downtown Syracuse to the east, and the City of Auburn to the west.

Sweet Spot Development authored a Restore New York grant application in 2009 which resulted in a $2.5 million dollar award for multiple properties. A portion of these funds have already helped renovate a building now housing the popular Krabby Kirk's saloon and restaurant, across the street from the site of Camillus Mills. The remaining grant monies will be used for demolition and renovation of the former Camillus Cutlery Company property, which has fallen into a state of disrepair. The developer's goal is to begin moving in tenants in the summer or fall of 2013.

It is anticipated that the project, once completed and fully occupied, will result in the location of close to 90 jobs in Camillus. In addition, 50+ temporary construction jobs will need to be filled during the demolition and construction periods.

Project renderings, brochures and site specific materials are available at www.camillusmills.com. Please direct any follow-up questions or media needs to Roy Brunner at 315-657-1123.

Sweet Spot Development Acquires Former Camillus Cutlery Property

Camillus, New York - Sweet Spot Development, based in Skaneateles, New York was the successful bidder this morning at an unreserved real estate auction held at the former world headquarters and manufacturing center of the renowned Camillus Cutlery Company. The industrial site was purchased for $210,000.00 by the development firm’s managing member Tom Blair to further his company’s efforts to develop a medical wellness center on site.

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