MASSENA - A deal that has been in the works for well over 10 years may finally be coming to fruition, after Alcoa has received authorization from the Environmental Protection Agency to release several hundred acres of land to the town of Massena.
Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said he recently received word from Alcoa that the companys property has been given a clean bill of health by the EPA.
In exchange for the parcel located on the Horton Road, Mr. Gray said the town could give Alcoa a parcel adjacent to its plant on state Route 131.
Theyre willing to give us a substantially larger amount of land on the Horton Road, Mr. Gray said, adding the idea of creating an industrial park there is something that has been discussed for a long time.
Thats a long ways out, Mr. Gray said. I dont know if we want to make a decision tonight, but I would certainly like to do it within a month.
Councilman Thomas Miller wondered what Alcoas interest in the land on Route 131 was.
What do they want it for? he asked.
I dont know, replied Councilman Charles A. Chuck Raiti.
Gary Edwards, who served as town supervisor prior to Mr. Gray, noted the parcel the town is slated to give up would give Alcoa contiguous property along Route 131.
A decision to approve the deal was not made Wednesday night. Mr. Gray said he would drive by both parces, and suggested board members do the same before meeting again next week.
Lets do some research, and Ill get back to you, he said.