$5M grant to help fund gas main at Marcy Nanocenter site

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Final approval of $5.1 million for more infrastructure improvements at the tenant-less Marcy Nanocenter has been given by the Empire State Development Board of Directors.

The money, plus a previously approved $4.9 million, will be used by Mohawk Valley EDGE to reimburse National Grid for the construction of a 2.5-mile natural gas transmission line from Barnes Avenue in Utica to the Marcy site on the western edge of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus, according to ESD materials.

The $5.1 million grant was a Regional Economic Development Council award.

This project is one of many going back more than a decade in preparation of attracting a semiconductor firm to the site.

Since 2007, Empire State Development has approved $107,050,000 for a host of infrastructure improvements at the location.

Investments have come from other sources as well.

It is anticipated the natural gas main project will be completed this year.

“Completion of this gas main extension will provide gas service for the full build out of Marcy Nanocenter site and also provide the ability to expand natural gas service to Quad-C that is located on the corner of Marcy-SUNY Parkway and Technology Drive, as well as other facilities located on the SUNY Poly campus,” said the ESD.

Austrian chipmaker ams AG abandoned plans to open a production operation at the Marcy location late last year because actions that were supposed to be occurring at the state level weren’t happening.

SUNY Poly was going to build the facility and then lease it for 20 years to ams AG.

Despite the loss of the
company, state and local officials have remained optimistic that one or more tenants will be signed up and various site improvements have continued toward that end.

“Although we faced a bump in the road last December with the decision by ams to not proceed with its plans for a new semiconductor fabrication facility, development plans are moving forward and interest in the Marcy site remains strong,” Mohawk Valley EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo told an audience of about 500 at Tuesday’s Leading EDGE Awards program.

He later said, “The Marcy site is being marketed globally and there are multiple development opportunities that are being
pursued.”

“I am confident that this site is prime for economic success,” DiMeo added.

Mohawk Valley EDGE is the designated project developer for the Marcy Nanocenter.

Since the late 1990s EDGE has spearheaded the permitting, planning, engineering, property assemblage and handled site, and infrastructure investment for the ovation.

With about 428 acres, the site has been designed to accommodate three advanced manufacturing operations, according to past announcements by area economic development
officials.

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