Marcy site still waiting for Army Corps permits
Posted in the Utica Forum
#1 Jan 30, 2014
MARCY — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer predicted earlier this month that Army Corps of Engineers wetland permits for the site in Marcy being groomed for nanotechnology manufacturing plants would be ready by the end of January.
That hasn't happened.
But local, state and federal level officials involved in the process say not to worry — it's likely the minor new requirements set forth will take just a few more weeks to complete, and then the final permits will be issued.
Schumer said the Marcy permits were "at the one yard line."
"Once the Army Corps has the remaining information, a permit decision will be made that I believe will pave the way for a cutting edge nanotech chip fabrication facility that will really put the Utica area on the high tech map," he said in an emailed statement.
Area hopes are high that the 420-acre site will attract as many as three computer chip manufacturing plants and as many as 4,500 jobs.
Local economic development officials said things are moving forward properly.
"From our standpoint, we were very pleased with the meeting," said Mohawk Valley EDGE President Steve DiMeo, who is spearheading the process on the local end. "It will go quickly. They want to get it done."
For more than a decade, area economic officials have been marketing the 420-acre site to nanochip manufacturers. More than $25 million in state and local dollars has been spent so far to make the site shovel ready in the highly competitive world of computer chip manufacturing. A total of around $40 million is expected to be spent.
More than $25 million in state and local dollars has been spent so far to make the site shovel ready in the highly competitive world of computer chip manufacturing. A total of around $40 million is expected to be spent.
The wetland permits have long been a sticking point for development there. The corps wouldn't issue the permits until an end user was in hand, but development officials feared it would be impossible to get a major company to commit to a site that still lacked the permits.
Then, over the summer, the Albany-based College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering agreed to market the site, and agreed to serve as the end user on the permit.
#3 Jan 30, 2014
And yet, Global Foundries (the only private investor) has put all of its money into facilities into Malta, NY. Thanks, Gov Coumo!
#7 Jan 30, 2014
#10 Jan 31, 2014
It is possible, if not probable, that most new chip manufacturing will be done outside of the US and that chip technology itself will soon be obsolete. Has the area already missed the boat? My sense is that if a new, private sector plant is not attracted within the year, the answer will be, yes.
#11 Jan 31, 2014
Another clown that doesn't even know what computer is talking about someone they have no clue, not even at 14nm yet but chips will be obsolete. ROLOLLMAO
Stick to figuring out how to work a cell phone.
Instead of a plant restructuring for a new process, they tear it down and build it again.
What a goof.
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