Sen. Schumer Presses Army Corps of Engineers To Expedite Amy’s Kitchen’s Wetlands Review
Real Estate In-Depth | April 5, 2016
GOSHEN—At a recent press briefing at the Amy’s Kitchen project site here. U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer pressed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite a key review of wetlands for the Amy’s Kitchen project.
The firm plans to build a new $95-million, 369,000-square foot meal-manufacturing plant. Sen. Schumer explained that Amy’s Kitchen plans to turn the property into a major distribution center through this significant investment, which is expected to create 700 local jobs with the potential to expand to nearly 1,000 positions. Sen. Schumer was joined by Orange County government officials, including Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, economic development officials and local elected officials at the March 29th press conference.
Sen. Schumer said that this wetlands review is an important hurdle that must be overcome before construction can begin. He said that with the wetlands review determination in hand, Amy’s Kitchen will be one step closer to beginning construction and keeping this critical, job-creating project on track.
“The development of this formerly vacant site in Goshen holds massive, job-creating potential, and this federal wetlands review is a critical hurdle both Amy’s Kitchen and Orange County must clear in order to begin this re-development effort,” said Sen. Schumer. “This review will make it clear where the wetlands are located on the property, so that the town and the developer can build around them, and the construction phase can begin. The Army Corps must not wait any longer to provide the results of this review; it is mission critical to this effort, and we must complete it ASAP. There are too many potential new jobs at stake for bureaucracy to stand in the way and delay the target construction timeline.”
Amy’s Kitchen is a California-based, family-owned organic and natural food distribution company that sells its products to many large national retail chains, including ShopRite, Price Chopper and Wal-Mart.
To date, the Amy’s Kitchen site development project has cleared several key hurdles, gaining support from local governments, Orange County and New York State. The company hopes to begin construction on the plant this fall, and to have the facility up and running by 2018.
Sen. Charles Schumer, behind podium, is looking to get the Amy’s Kitchen project back on track so that construction on the $95-million venture can start soon.