It appears that development of the Marcy "Nanocenter" site is now being coordinated with development of "related facilities at SUNYIT." From the article, it appears that SUNYIT will lease their land ...
... to a new nonprofit, Fort Schuyler Management Corp., which will sub-lease the land to EDGE.
EDGE, an economic development group, then would market the site and oversee initial site work, facility design and construction. In addition, EDGE would pay $4.2 million to the nonprofit to support the SUNYIT mission.
It always seems to be wheels within wheels within wheels whenever EDGE is concerned!
And just where is the $4.2 million being paid to SUNYIT coming from?
However, one piece of the puzzle is still in limbo — a wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mohawk Valley EDGE spokeswoman Mary Rizzo said.[Here, we could turn this into a sidebar discussion over creeping Federalism. Federal jurisdiction to regulate wet spots that are not connected to streams carrying interstate commerce is really questionable. But with the Feds taking over virtually every aspect of our lives, this is probably not the time to attempt to challenge it. Let's face it, area residents are already paying for enough legal problems (sewer consent order, MVWA lawsuits) that could have been avoided had our local government leaders known what they were doing.]
A draft permit from the Army Corps said the final permit would only be issued when there was an end user in sight, Rizzo said.
“To us that is unacceptable,” she said.
Instead, EDGE wants the permit now to be able to attract an end user, Rizzo said.EDGE blew the AMD Chip Fab for the Marcy "Nanocenter" site because it shelved its Army Corps permit application back in 2002 -- even in the face of warnings that doing so was a mistake. Unless EDGE deliberately scuttled its 2002 application to enable local Republican leaders to curry favor with Joe Bruno, EDGE obviously did not know what it was doing then What is the evidence that EDGE knows what it is doing now?
Frankly, if I was the Army Corps I probably would not issue a final permit either. With the "wheels within wheels" approach, just whom would the Army Corps hold accountable to ensure that all permit conditions are complied with? SUNYIT? EDGE? Fort Schuyler Management (with no track record, no assets, and no individual co-signers to secure performance)? An unknown developer or tenant for the site?
There are too many players involved for the Army Corps -- or we the taxpayers -- to keep track of.