Fab in the Forest

The town is exploring the use of consulting engineers who specialize in the building and construction of nanotechnoloy facilities. LFTC, not local taxpayers, will pay for the extra resources, Sausville said.

SEDC has applied for a wetland permit from the Army Corps of Engineers for wetland mitigation.

"We will be replacing the any affected wetlands on the site at a 2-1 ratio," Kelley said. SEDC did modify the Southern Access road to avoid additional wetlands, he said.

"This site is 3 square miles in size, we are planning to build 7 miles of roads inside the site," he said. "I don't know a project in New York that is building that many miles of internal roads."


Malta is now a construction zone in many places, with the replacement of the Northway Exit 12 bridge and the addition of five roundabouts along Route 67 and Route 9, but more is to come.

LFTC will bring further infrastructure upgrades along Dunning Street, Route 9 at Stonebreak Road and the Round Lake bypass.

"The closure of exits 10 and 12 recently caused a very noticeable increase in traffic," Round Lake Mayor Dixie Lee Sacks said. "It shows the need for a bypass."

The addition of a state road around Round Lake, connecting the intersection of Round Lake Road and Exit 11 with routes 9 and 67 is an integral part of the LFTC project. The GEIS stated the need for a bypass to limit traffic through the village. Currently, the only connection between the Northway Exit 11 and Route 9 is through the village.

The LFTC legislation states that once completed construction at the campus exceeds 300,000 square feet, the Round Lake Bypass must be in place before any additional building can be occupied, Sausville said. The first chip fab is estimated to be 1.2 million square feet.

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