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Chip maker files site plan

AMD Fab Technologies, also known as The Foundry Company, filed a site plan for a $4.6 billion microchip manufacturing facility with the Town of Malta's Building and Planning Department on Monday, Feb. 2, providing specifics on elements of the project that were only addressed generally until now.

The massive application outlines an 822,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, or fab, with a support spine, administrative offices and a utility building located adjacent, for a total footprint of 1,327,420-square-feet. The facility will be located on 222 acres of land in the Luther Forest Technology Campus, 163 of which will lie in the Town of Malta. The rest is located in neighboring Stillwater.

The applicant is requesting that the site plan be approved in three stages, rather than all at once. With such a sizable document, it will probably take months for the town's Planning Board to get through all of it, so AFT is hoping to get soil disturbance approval by the end of the month so they can start clearing the site in March.

"That three-step approval process is something we worked out with the town because of the scope and the sheer size of this project," said AFT spokesman Travis Bullard. "We didn't think it was feasible to run it through the exact same process as a retail store."

Following a soil disturbance approval will be approval to erect temporary construction elements on the site, then the go-ahead for the whole project.

"We'd like to adhere to their timeline, but we have to do our due diligence," said Malta Building and Planning Director Anthony Tozzi, when asked how quickly the board might move.

"It looks like they've provided a pretty complete package," he added.

The Planning Board will devote the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month to working on the AFT site plan. Its first formal meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at which time it will attack the soil disturbance element head on.

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