A prospective occupant for the Marcy site being groomed for a nanotechnology manufacturer met Thursday with the Army Corps of Engineers, Mohawk Valley EDGE and SUNYIT officials, staff from U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s office said.
Schumer’s office convened the meeting, but the staffers would not say who the end user is. Nor would EDGE President Steve DiMeo and officials from the Army Corps. SUNYIT officials did not respond to inquiries.
An occupant for the Marcy site, which is owned by SUNYIT, would be a huge prize for the region, because of the many well-paid jobs a nanotechnology manufacturer would bring.
“It was a very productive meeting,” Diane Kozlowski, chief of the Buffalo District Regulatory Branch, said in an email. ”There was a great deal of information presented at the meeting which will assist the Corps in our evaluation of a revised permit application, once it is submitted.”
EDGE, which is marketing the site, and the Army Corps have been at odds over a requirement that delays wetland mitigation work until an end user is in hand.
About $25 million in state and local dollars has been spent on infrastructure improvements and enhancements at the site. The total price tag to make it shovel ready is expected to be about $39 million.
Next door, at the SUNYIT campus, the $125 million state Center for Computer Chip Commercialization, or Quad-C, is already under construction.
It’s long been hoped that the Quad-C would help attract an occupant for the Marcy site and also draw other nanotechnology companies to the area. The Quad C is set to open its doors in late 2014.
DiMeo and Schumer’s office staff said the end user already has a site plan, so many details were discussed.
“We wanted to make sure that there was an opportunity for them to ask any questions and tell us if there was anything we should be mindful of,” DiMeo said, referring to the Army Corps. “It was a very positive meeting.”
The new application likely won’t be submitted for a few more weeks, DiMeo said.