ETEC public hearing scheduled for Dec. 14

A rendering of the Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex that UAlbany is building on the Harriman Campus

November 30, 2016 -- A public hearing on the environmental review of UAlbany's new Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex has been scheduled for December 14, 2016.

The hearing on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the building, which will rise in the southwestern corner of the Harriman State Office Campus, will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the SEFCU Arena's Hall of Fame Room. Free parking will be available in the arena parking lot [map here].

A copy of the SEIS [available here] was posted on the University's website Nov. 30, beginning a 30-day public comment period that will close on Dec. 30. The document discusses the ETEC project's anticipated impact on things like traffic, water resources and open space.

Once completed, the 243,000-square-foot building will house UAlbany's new College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), as well as the Atmospheric Science Research Center, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, New York State Mesonet, Small Business Development Center and chemistry and physics departments. 

The four-story facility is being designed as a hub of innovation, co-locating researchers, educators, entrepreneurs and investors while also providing the technology transfer and commercialization resources to drive economic growth, create jobs and enhance New York’s competitiveness in key industries.

In February, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the $184 million building will be located just east of UAlbany's Uptown Campus on 12 acres of the adjacent Harriman State Office Campus nearest to the University's Boor Sculpture Studio. That location puts CEHC in close proximity to key institutional partners, such as the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and New York State Police.

  

In addition to UAlbany shuttle service and a separate Bus Rapid Transit route planned by CDTA, a pedestrian boulevard will link the two campuses with planned improvements to make crossing the Harriman Campus ring roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Questions about the Dec. 14 public hearing can be directed to Jordan Carleo-Evangelist at jcarleo-evangelist@albany.edu or 956-8016.