Seneca Depot Acreage Sold Plan Includes Park For White Deer

06.17.16 | Bob Price

A rare herd of white deer will be protected as part of development plans for the former Seneca Army Depot in central New York.

Local businessman Earl Martin was picked from among 16 bids to buy the land. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency announced Martin's winning bid Thursday.

According to the agreement, Martin will pay $900,000 for 7,000 acres. His proposal includes plans for a $13 million expansion of his company, Seneca Iron Works.

The former nuclear-weapons storage area in the Finger Lakes region is best known today as the home of a herd of rare white deer. Martin's proposal includes leasing about 1,700 acres for a not-for-profit wildlife park with the white deer as the main attraction.