Clay distribution center zoning decision expected ‘in two or three weeks’

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CLAY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The proposed distribution center in the Town of Clay could see a decision as early as the first week of November.

A warehouse distribution application has been filed that, if finalized, could bring a minimum of 1,000 jobs to the area in the first two years of operation.

The development company, Trammell Crow, wants to build at the Liverpool Country Club site in the Town of Clay. The building would be around 3.7 million square feet and would be a $280 million investment by the company. Trammell Crow says the average pay of a worker at the facility would be around $30,000 a year and that up to 25 tractor-trailer trucks an hour would be coming to and from the facility from the Thruway.

On Tuesday, the town will release answers to frequently asked questions as well as answers from all the questions from a public hearing earlier this month. You can find those here, starting on Tuesday.

The Town of Clay continues to collect input on the project up until the decision has been made. No official date has been set, but Town of Clay Supervisor Damian Ulatowski says it could be just a few weeks.

“The comments and the letters that we have gotten in are overwhelming to be quite honest with you,” he said. “I have a file about an inch thick with letters from businesses and residents. Overwhelmingly it is positive. A decision from the Town Board could be as early as November 6.”

A zoning change is what the Town Board and the Planning Board for Clay are currently considering. The area now is zoned as a golf course. It would have to be changed to “industrial 1” zoning for the project to progress.

Ulatowski added it is not uncommon to grant a zoning change for a project without knowing who is moving in.

Trammell Crow has calculated the total cost of the project at $280 million.

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