DUNKIRK – The Post-Journal is reporting that the groundbreaking for a major pharmaceutical plant in Dunkirk won’t be happening until next year.
Dunkirk Town Supervisor Richard Purol tells the Post-Journal that the Athenex groundbreaking has been delayed until the first of the year unless something changes.
While the groundbreaking for the Lakeshore Drive property is in a holding pattern, crews are continuing to work to clear the 33 acre site where the plant will be built in Dunkirk.
Officials are also awaiting the results of an asbestos survey of the three buildings that are on the property.
In February 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Athenex would be building a facility in Dunkirk that would result in hundreds of jobs once the facility is finally opened. However, after more than a year-and-a-half wait, officials and residents in the north county still await the official groundbreaking of the facility.