Malta planning board mulls projects

The Town of Malta Planning Board heard three proposals that could have significant impacts on the area at the Tuesday, Jan. 20, meeting. The board sent two developers back to the drawing board, but also approved a subdivision that sets the stage for the Foundry Company to deliver a site plan for their nanotech manufacturing facility at the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

Luther Forest subdivision

The board unanimously approved the Luther Forest Technology Campus' request to split up a parcel of its land to create a 163-acre area for a microchip manufacturing facility. It was an expected, but necessary, proposal that has also been approved in the Town of Stillwater, where some of the parcel in question lies.

The water lines are going in, the roads are being built, we're at a stage now where we have a buyer, and we need to subdivide the land in order to have a parcel, said LFTC representative Mike Ingersoll.

The subdivision clears the way for Foundry to present the town with a site plan. The $4.6 billion plant is expected to employ 1,465, and the company has expressed hopes for a groundbreaking in the summer.

Hearn Road Medical Center

The Planning Board cast a critical eye toward a proposed medical complex off of Hearn Road and Route 9. MSA Properties and The Environmental Design Partnership first pitched the project to the town in April, and since then have taken the town's suggestions and made significant upgrades.

"The plans have come a long way since we last met," said Gavin Vuillaume, of Environmental Design Partnership.

Most notably, the developers settled on one three-story, 85,000-square-foot building instead of three smaller ones.

The project was also resituated in light of concerns about grading the site's steep slopes, meaning that 50,000 cubic yards of excavation will be necessary instead of 145,000.

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