This is a puzzling press release. At the Alabama Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 9th, Mark Masse of the GCEDC said that the GCEDC would be considering the FGEIS for the STAMP project on January 19 and make it available to town council members &residents on the 20th. Then he said, "That is, IF the GCEDC approves the FGEIS...." I guess the pretext of reviewing the FGEIS is unnecessary if they have already approved it and released it before their meeting. Can someone clarify this for us all?
Meeting for STAMP project in Alabama announced by GCEDC
Submitted by Howard Owens on January 12, 2012 - 11:17pm
Information addressing the comments of the Western New York Science Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (WNY STAMP) Draft Generic Impact Statement (DGEIS) will be discussed at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Town of Alabama Fire Hall. All property owners in the Town of Alabama will receive a postcard announcing the meeting and the public is welcomed to attend.
A general overview of the WNY STAMP project, the environmental review process and responses to common topics from the DGEIS will be presented. The major topics that were brought up in response to the DGEIS, and that will be covered at the informational meeting include: traffic, chemicals, water and wastewater.
The proposed action, examined by the DGEIS, is the construction and operation of approximately 6.1 million square feet of advanced technology manufacturing and ancillary facilities, along with on-site utility improvements, on 1,337.20 acres of land in the Town of Alabama.
The WNY STAMP site is located along New York State highways 77 and 63, approximately five miles north of the I-90 New York State Thruway. The proposed action will involve rezoning the property pursuant to the Town of Alabama Zoning Law.
According to the DGEIS, the buildable area of the WNY STAMP project is 46 percent of the entire site. The remainder of the land would remain as open space. The intent of the master plan design is to blend the manufacturing park into the existing fabric of the community. The Hamlet of Alabama is separated from the STAMP site by a subtle ridgeline and gracious landscape setbacks from existing uses.
As part of the open space system, only 9.5 acres of wetlands would be impacted by the current design, and the site will retain its rural nature. The park will be built to high-tech industry standards, in line with employee expectations, and will respect its surrounding context and environment.
The completed DGEIS, which was approved by the GCEDC board, can be found on the GCEDC’s website www.gcedc.com