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NYC firm to recommend site for photonics facility

Identifying a suitable site for the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics testing, assembly and packaging facility will be led by Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, the state Photonics Board announced Tuesday.

Having been hired by the state’s economic development agency, the commercial real estate advisory firm will review and evaluate potential sites in the Greater Rochester area and will make a recommendation as to which site is the most appropriate for the TAP facility. NGKF is a global firm with headquarters in New York City.

The photonics board also announced SUNY Research Foundation issued a request for proposal for equipment at the site. Concurrently, an additional 24 requests for proposals have been issued by the Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, serving as administrator of AIM Photonics, for 53 tools to be located at the site.

A total of $78 million has been earmarked for the purchase of these tools.
 
“I am pleased that our efforts to bring the concept of a world-leading AIM Photonics Institute in Rochester is now moving into the realm of physical reality with the ordering of the necessary tools and the commencement of a professionally led independent process to select a suitable site in the Rochester area,” Photonics Board chairman John Maggiore said.

The board approved $106 million, the first tranche of state expenditures of the $250 million total over five years New York committed to the project, in June. The total budget is $612,877,000 with the federal government committing $110 million and the state and other parties, including private-sector companies, providing the balance.

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