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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 63-97]

 
Foreign-Trade Zone 183--Austin, Texas; Application for Expansion
    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Foreign Trade Zone of Central Texas, Inc., grantee 
of FTZ 183, requesting authority to expand its zone in the Austin, 
Texas, area, within the Austin Customs port of entry. The application 
was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones 
Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board 
(15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on August 4, 1997.
    FTZ 183 was approved on December 23, 1991 (Board Order 550, 57 FR 
42; 1/2/92). The zone currently consists of seven sites in the Austin, 
Texas, area:

    Site 1--Austin Enterprise site (317 acres), consisting of seven 
parcels within the Austin Enterprise Zone Area along Highway 290 and 
the Ben White Boulevard-Montopolis Drive area, Austin;
    Site 2--Balcones Research site (50 acres), located in north 
central Austin at the intersection of Burnett Road and Longhorn 
Boulevard;
    Site 3--High Tech Corridor site (394 acres), consisting of five 
parcels located along I-35, 14 miles north of downtown Austin (site 
straddles Austin-Round Rock city line);

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    Site 4--Cedar Park site (122 acres), some eight miles northwest 
of the Austin city limits, in Williamson County;
    Site 5--Round Rock ``SSC'' site (246 acres), consisting of two 
parcels located along I-35 between Chandler Road and Westinghouse 
Road on the northern edge of the City of Round Rock;
    Site 6--Georgetown site (246 acres), located along I-35 and U.S. 
81, south of downtown Georgetown;
    Site 7--San Marcos site (40 acres), located within the San 
Marcos Municipal Airport facility in eastern San Marcos, adjacent to 
State Highway 21, on the Hays County/Caldwell County line.

(An expansion request (Doc. 30-97) is currently pending with the FTZ 
Board to expand Site 3 to include 368 acres (5 contiguous tracts) 
located within the City of Round Rock, adjacent to Site 3's eastern 
boundary)

    The applicant is now requesting authority to expand FTZ 183 to 
include the MET Center industrial park (200 acres) located between U.S. 
Highway 183 South and State Highway 71 East in southeast Austin, some 5 
miles northwest of the new Austin Bergstrom International Airport. No 
specific manufacturing requests are being made at this time. Such 
requests would be made to the Board on a case-by case basis.
    In accordance with the Board's regulations, a member of the FTZ 
Staff has been designated examiner to investigate the application and 
report to the Board.
    Public comment on the application is invited from interested 
parties. Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the 
Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period 
for their receipt is October 14, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to 
material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during 
the subsequent 15-day period (to October 29, 1997).
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be 
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center, 1700 Congress, 
2nd Floor, Austin, Texas 78701
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230

    Dated: August 8, 1997.
John J. DaPonte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-21714 Filed 8-14-97; 8:45 am]
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