Malta has an AMD wish list

AMD officials on Feb. 25 presented to the Malta Town Board, as well as town residents and other concerned parties, a plan to build three chip fab plants and bring 1,405 jobs to the area. Although the computer chip manufacturer has yet to commit to the site officially, it is currently going through the Malta Town and Planning Boards to secure a building permit by the end of the year. The company has until July 31, 2009, to decide and still be eligible for $1.2 billion in state incentives.

The same zoning law that the town passed in 2004 allowing computer chip factories to be built at Luther Forest also requires that the company, such as AMD, provide benefits to the town. Possible benefits, spelled out in the town's zoning law, include contributions toward a town library or educational institution, preservation of open space, or the creation of museums, streetscapes or other beautification projects.

That law will require AMD to negotiate a community benefits agreement with the town, but town officials have yet to sit down with AMD to begin actual negotiations. Nor was any official action taken at the March 17 meeting, as the Town Board lacked a quorum, with only Sausville and Town Board member Peter Klotz in attendance.

It was all the same to Sausville, however, who said the community-benefits portion of AMD's possible arrival is still in the early stages.

"There is a great deal of communication that still has to go on going forward," he said.""

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