High-tech research complex in Valhalla’s future?

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino today announced plans to seek a public-private partnership to turn the county’s 60-acre Grasslands Reservation property into a high-tech research complex in support of the county’s growing biotech and medical industries.

The county has issued a request for qualifications to interested developers for the currently undeveloped property adjacent to the Westchester Medical Center. The RFQ can be found at www.westchestergov.com/rfp, and proposals are due April 24.

“When it comes to real estate, the watchwords are: location, location, location,” Astorino said in a statement. “The North 60 is ideally situated in the middle of Westchester’s bio-tech corridor. It can take advantage of the county’s highly trained workforce, and market prices are extremely attractive right now. We think that can be a winning combination for a developer with the right vision for the property.”

Following the April 24 proposal deadline, county officials will then evaluate all proposals and negotiate with the preferred company.