Plans to construct a $16 million soybean processing facility in the village of Massena, NY moved a step forward on Jan. 16.
The St. Lawrence County Planning Board voted to support the project, provided the developer meets several conditions.
Conditions include constructing a solid fence to separate the facility from two neighboring homes to reduce the impact of noise and light generated by truck traffic and operation of the plant.
County planning staff also made recommendations related to noise at the facility, which is expected to operate 24 hours a day. Recommendations also were made related to structure height, lighting and additional permits that are required.
Kenneth D. Jahre, a principal in St. Lawrence Soyway Co. LLC who resides in New York City, said Friday the firm is seeking some outside funding to help finance the $16 million project.
“I’m confident it’s going to happen,” Mr. Jahre said. “The process is in motion.”
He said the company is still working with an investment banker to secure enough funding for the project.
“It’s just a waiting game now,” he said.
St. Lawrence Soyway plans to construct a 40,000-square-foot processing facility that would crush soybeans into high-protein soy meal used primarily to feed dairy herds. It also can be used to feed hogs and poultry.
The plant would be constructed at the former village Department of Public Works site at 5933 Route 11. Last year, the Massena Village Board voted to rezone the site to a planned industrial district to accommodate the project.
The county’s recommendations will be returned to the Massena Village Planning Board, which is scheduled to discuss the project later this month.