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Chautauqua County's town of Falconer was the stage on which the private and public sector came together last year to make an unprecedented curtain call: They took a bow for pulling off a brownfield industrial redevelopment in New York state in which a new facility replaced the old.
The success story in Falconer is also serving as a standard by which to measure other brownfield redevelopments. It's having a motivating influence as well: "What it does is take something that's been long perceived as a significant liability or impediment to development and turns it into a positive," said David Flynn, a partner in the law firm of Phillips Lytle Hitchcock Blaine & Huber LLP, which served as counsel for the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency.
"Through a change in attitude and implementation of existing laws, we're now on the. cusp of some very significant redevelopment …