9/29/2013 10:59:40 AM
Times Union: An end run by fab site's 'end user'
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A way is found to meet criteria for wetlands building permit
In mid-August, Cuomo administration officials and Steve DiMeo, an economic developer based in Rome, set up a meeting between state officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the campus of the SUNY Institute of Technology in Marcy, a suburb of Utica,
The meeting — which was attended by staffers of New York's congressional delegation — was focused on the future of the Marcy Nanocenter, a 400-acre site across the street from SUNY IT that has for years been seeking a computer chip manufacturer.
The Marcy site, perhaps one of the largest in the country designed for computer chip "fabs," had one big problem. The Corps of Engineers refused to approve a wetlands permit application without a tenant in place.
But in a move earlier this month that appeared at first to be a creative solution but now appears to be by design, the Cuomo administration listed the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering as the "tenant" at Marcy Nanocenter.
Under the new application, submitted on Friday, the NanoCollege was named the so-called "end user" in the Corps of Engineers application, paving the way for a wetlands permit.