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BATAVIA – The most sophisticated manufacturing project in the area is moving forward in small steps toward a goal that is more than a decade away.

The Western New York Science and Technology Manufacturing Plant has received a zoning change through a unanimous vote by the Alabama Town Board.

The town will receive about $10 million for capital improvements, including a water supply system that will serve most of its residents.

Most of the 1,200-acre site is now farmland, and the property has been rezoned from agricultural to allow for high-tech facilities to manufacture specialty products including computer chips, flat-panel units and solar panels.

The Genesee County Economic Development Center, which originated plans for the site in the northwest corner of town, is ready to begin buying land for the project. The agency board has approved about $2 million for land acquisition.

The project also has been promised $500,000 from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Council. While the grant for infrastructure is far less than the $1 million sought, it will further the process of making the site shovel-ready to ease the timeline for new clients.

STAMP’s the time frame is up to 25 years to complete the entire project – is predicted to be $200 million.