State to hold hearing on two proposed Marcy projects

Published Dec 29, 2016 at 4:00pm

MARCY — There’s no longer an announced tenant, but two infrastructure projects at the Marcy Nanocenter will be considered by a state commission at a hearing next week.

The Public Service Commission is holding a public statement hearing concerning a petition filed by Mohawk Valley EDGE seeking authorization to construct an electric transmission line and a substation to provide electricity to tenants on the site on the western end of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

The hearing is Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Kunsela Hall, Room A-129, on the SUNY Poly campus.

It is not necessary to make an appointment or to present written material to speak at the hearing. Persons will be called to speak after completing a request card.

The session will be held open until everyone wishing to speak has been heard or other reasonable arrangements have been made to include their comments in the record.

Disabled persons requiring special accommodations can call the state Department of Public Service’s Human Resources Management Office, (518) 474-2520

EDGE proposes to build the 1.4-mile power line from the existing National Grid Edic Road substation to a new onsite substation. No transmission lines currently serve the site.

The estimated cost of the power line is $10.4 million, according to information submitted to the commission by EDGE.

The substation cost is pegged at $24.5 million.

The substation would be built on a seven-acre parcel in phases as tenants are added to the site and, as a result, the demand for electricity grows. The Marcy Nanocenter was designed for up to three three semiconductor facilities.

Two weeks ago it was announced that Austrian computer chip maker ams AG had withdrawn from a project to locate a chip wafer fabrication facility at the Marcy site.

Despite the setback, Empire State Development and EDGE are working with other global semiconductor and related advanced electronics companies that are interested in the location and plans are proceeding to complete site infrastructure work to reduce time to market requirements and position this site as a leading development, said EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo.

EDGE has been seeking to attract a chip plant to Marcy for nearly 20 years.

During this period it has taken steps to advance the site and make it shovel-ready for the semiconductor industry. The transmission line and substation are part of this work.

To date, about $100 million has been committed for planning, permitting, engineering, assembling the site, installation of of site infrastructure and construction of a road around the site and storm water collection and drainage systems.

Also, a National Grid transmission line was moved and there’s been wetlands mitigation as well as sanitary sewer upgrades.