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Feds grant approvals for Amy’s Kitchen to start building Goshen facility

TOWN OF GOSHEN – The US Army Corps of Engineers has granted Amy’s Kitchen the permit needed from that agency to begin construction on the $95 million, 369,000 square foot food manufacturing plant in the Town of Goshen.

The California-based, family-owned organic and natural food distribution company needed the permit, which was secured with the aid of Senator Charles Schumer, who earlier assisted Amy’s Kitchen in gaining other approvals including wetlands jurisdictional determination and an agreement for the recovery of significant information from archeological sites and consultation on endangered species with US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Groundbreaking on the project is expected this spring with hundreds of full-time workers, said Andy Berliner, a principal of Amy’s Kitchen. As many as 700 people could be employed there.

Goshen Town Supervisor Douglas Bloomfield is thrilled that the red tape is nearing a conclusion.

“At the planning board meeting, they got tentative approval for cutting down trees and the next step will be a grading permit and then they will be on their way,” he said.

County Executive Steven Neuhaus said Amy’s has a green light to move forward.

“I honestly believe that Amy’s has no more obstacles in front of it and they should begin clearing last this winter.” Tree removal must be done before March because of the endangered Indiana bat population that cannot be disturbed as long as they are nesting in trees in the warmer months.

Orange County Partnership President Maureen Halahan said the Army Corps approval was “one more hurdle” and “hopefully we will be welcoming Amy’s in very shortly.”

The facility will be constructed on a 200-acre site between Echo Lake Road and Route 17M.

 


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