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Fab in the Forest

Advanced Micro Devices announced Friday that the Luther Forest Technology Campus will be the home for its next 300mm wafer manufacturing facility. In order for AMD to break ground on the reported $3.2 billion plant between 2007 and 2009, both public and private sector organizations must complete the requirements set forth in the planned development district legislation that the town of Malta passes as lead agency for the project in 2004.

If fully developed, Luther Forest's 1,350 acres will be transformed into one of the world's most advanced computer chip manufacturing sites. Before operations can begin by the projected date of 2012, major infrastructure upgrades are needed.

It is a bit unclear of the exact timeframe, but with a 2012 to 2014 schedule it gives us more time, Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville said. "It is a bit of a relief. We thought the time frame would be more compressed."

The first task at hand is to prepare the town, county and state for this transformation.

Town government

Before a shovel hits the ground at LFTC, the owner of the campus, Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, must begin the process of site plan review and obtain proper permits for development. Once AMD chooses a final design for the first fabrication facility on the site, commonly referred to as a fab, SEDC must submit the plans to the Malta planning board.

"The ball is with SEDC and AMD," Sausville said. "We have passed the legislation and it is their turn to comply with the ground rules we set."

Jon Kelley, vice president of SEDC, the site plan for the main site will be submitted in early 2007.

The planning board will review the physical construction plans for the building, and separately review what processes will take place inside the plant and what affect they will have on the community.

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