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Genesee industrial development agency OKs STAMP-related pacts

BATAVIA – Genesee County Economic Development Center directors have approved three resolutions that set the stage for the expected spring 2016 ground-breaking of a 130,000-square-foot solar wafer manufacturing facility at the WNY Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park in the Town of Alabama.

1366 Technologies is investing $700 million to build its first large-scale plant at the 1,250-acre, shovel-ready site designed for nanotech-oriented manufacturing. The New Bedford, Mass., company is the site’s first tenant.

Last week, the agency’s board voted unanimously on the following measures relating to the first phase of the project, which reportedly will create 1,000 jobs in the coming years:

• A reimbursement agreement with the Town of Alabama for costs incurred by the town for engineering and architectural services and legal counsel, not to exceed $247,000;

• A project labor agreement with the town, authorizing the spending of $15,000 to study infrastructure needs at the STAMP site;

• A construction legal services agreement with Phillips Lytle of Buffalo at a cost not to exceed $37,375.

Approvals of the project labor and construction legal services agreements are contingent upon the state releasing $5 million of the $33 million that has been earmarked for the technology park for various infrastructure work, including roads, electricity and water lines, said Raymond F. Cianfrini, GCEDC director.

A public hearing on the acceptance of the $5 million from Empire State Development is scheduled for Dec. 15.

On another front, GCEDC Vice President Mark Masse reported that the agency generated $54 million in investments on various projects throughout the year, exceeding its goal by $19 million.

Masse said the agency is seeking funding for infrastructure enhancements – including water and sewer line extensions along a new access road – at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park that is home to yogurt manufacturers Alpina Foods and Muller-Quaker Dairy.

The GCEDC has submitted a funding application to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, which is expected to announce a decision on Dec. 10 in Albany, Masse said.