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Town of Massena and Alcoa may finally be ready to swap land

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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 company’s 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.

“They’re 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.

“That’s a long ways out,” Mr. Gray said. “I don’t 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 Alcoa’s interest in the land on Route 131 was.

“What do they want it for?” he asked.

“I don’t 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.

“Let’s do some research, and I’ll get back to you,” he said.

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