NEWPORT — A land use permit to start demolishing part of the old Bogner plant was issued to AnC Bio on Monday. The permit, issued by the District 7 Environmental Commission to Jay Peak Biomedical Park, also known as AnC Bio Vermont, came six days after being issued municipal permits by Newport’s development review board. Demolition could begin as early as June.
AnC Bio was granted permission to start the demolition of about half of the 65,000 square-foot building. They are not allowed to start any other work on the facility until other permits are issued.
The construction of the AnC Bio facility will include a 84,943-square-foot addition to be built on what remains of the Bogner plant. The AnC building, estimated to cost $30 million, will be a four-story tall research and manufacturing facility, specializing in medical devices and artificial organs.
After being issued its municipal permits on April 23, if not appealed by May 23, the next step for AnC Bio will be the Act 250 process.
Developer Bill Stenger has stated that although he and his team do not take Act 250 approval for granted, they do feel that they have addressed all criteria in the application process, which should make it possible to have the project approved.