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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Schumer Urges Army to Approve Power Plant at New York Arsenal

  • January 10, 2012
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New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) called on Army Secretary John McHugh to approve construction of a co-generation steam and electric plant at Watervliet Arsenal under an enhanced use lease (EUL) that is needed to attract hundreds of jobs to the site located outside of Albany.

The Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership, the local development corporation for the arsenal, has proposed building the plant to support tenants that have high-power needs, such as high-tech manufacturers and a data processing center. The group proposed building the plant three years ago under the EUL it was awarded, but the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force recently said it needs two years to consider the project, according to Schumer.

“The power plant is the magnet that’s going to attract hundreds of high-tech jobs to Watervliet — we can’t let it get wrapped up in red tape. This bureaucratic dispute could put the brakes on the tremendous growth we’ve seen at the arsenal over the last several years, and we simply cannot let that happen,” Schumer said Monday during a visit to the arsenal.

The senator said the partnership could lose out on opportunities stemming from the $4.6 billion GlobalFoundries computer chip factory and the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, reported the Times Union.

The development group’s plans for the 65-acre site it wants to develop call for it to invest more than $350 million and create more than 500 permanent jobs.

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