FAIRFIELD — A new vision for the General Electric headquarters property, with elements ranging from a software design center to education and recreation facilities to restaurants and hotels, is taking shape for the Easton Turnpike campus after the corporate giant moves to Boston, according to the president of the real estate investment firm “aggressively” trying to acquire the site.

Ken Kleban, president of Fairfield-based Kleban Properties, told a League of Women Voters forum on the future of the 68-acre property Saturday that efforts to buy and redevelop the site will be “a long process.” But after GE officials announced in January the corporation plans to relocate, he said, “We really saw it more as an opportunity for us, and for Fairfield, rather than a detriment.”

GE plans to pull up stakes in Fairfield after 40 years, and move 200 of the 800 headquarters employees to a new home in Boston. The remaining employees are expected to be relocated to other GE facilities in Fairfield County, according to First Selectman Michael Tetreau.

Tetreau once again re-assured residents at the forum that GE will continue to pay about $1.6 million in property taxes on the property, as long as the business owns the property. On the latest grand list of taxable properties in town, GE is the second largest taxpayer — behind Kleban Properties, which owns a large portfolio of commercial properties in town, including the Brick Walk complex on the Post Road and several large shopping centers on Black Rock Turnpike. Any new owner of the GE property would also be required to pay those taxes.

“As time goes on, I think we would love to see the tax base generated from the GE property increase,” Kleban said of tentative plans for the site.

He said GE has contracted with CBRE, a global real estate brokerage firm, to handle the sale listing. At this point, he said, the broker is working on an appraisal of the property, which includes two corporate office buildings, a guest center and a commercial helipad.

“We may not be the ultimate buyer of the property,” Kleban said, but added, “We’re going to do everything we can to be that buyer. We will aggressively bid for the property.”

He said he expects Kleban Properties will be able to submit a bid sometime next month. GE expects to be out of the headquarters completely by 2018, according to Tetreau.

Fairfield University has committed to opening an extension of its Dolan School of Business at the site if the local developer succeeds in buying it, Kleban said, There are also discussions with a private, foreign K-12 school, as well as a non-profit recreational facility, he said.

The presence of any non-profit uses would not affect property taxes, Kleban said, because his firm would be the site’s owner. “We would be retaining it as the taxpayer,” Kleban said, “much like we do with the Fairfield U. Bookstore downtown,” which occupies part of a Kleban-owned building on the Post Road.

Mark Barnhart, the town’s economic development director, said making the property accessible by means other than private cars must be considered to ease potential traffic congestion. “I think that is something we acknowledge,” he said.