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Fate of Brown's Beach in jeopardy

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Albany/HV: Fate of Brown's Beach in jeopardy
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A historic location in the Town of Stillwater, closed for years, could soon re-open with some help from GlobalFoundries. But there's another player in this game and they're not ready to say yes just yet. Our Erin Moran has more.

SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- “Brown's Beach is a historic site for the Town of Stillwater and the surrounding communities and for Saratoga County. It is a jewel, quite frankly,” said Ed Kinowski, Supervisor for the Town of Stillwater.

And the beach has been privately owned and closed for years. But after a generous offer from GlobalFoundries, the possibility exists that Stillwater could purchase Brown's Beach and re-open it with a donation from the company.

“We've reached an agreement at least to enter into a letter of intent for our community to buy it and I think it would be a significant event for our town to be able to obtain it,” said Kinowski.

GlobalFoundries is looking to build a second manufacturing plant, known as FAB 8.2. But they need zoning changes approved from both the towns of Stillwater and Malta. Stillwater is on board, but Malta said there are some issues that need to be addressed first.

“They're going to be bringing $14 billion into the Capital District area and into the Town of Malta. It has huge impacts on our infrastructure, on our roads,” said Paul Sausville, Supervisor for the Town of Malta.

Malta is asking for an additional $5 million to pay for road maintenance. But GlobalFoundries said that just isn't an option.

“We constantly have to look at how to we allow our business to compete on a global level and additional costs just don't help us do that,” said Travis Bullard, the Public Relations Manager for GlobalFoundries.

Unless Malta agrees to the zoning changes, the donation that would reopen Brown's Beach won't happen.

GlobalFoundries says it's already invested several million dollars in community benefit funds for both towns. And they're still on board to help with the purchase of Brown's Beach. They're hopeful an agreement can be reached soon.

“We're talking with the Town of Malta and the Town of Stillwater on a daily basis and so we're hopeful we can come to a resolution on these final issues and hopefully the Town of Malta can bring these amendments to a vote here soon and we'll get a positive resolution,” said Bullard.

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