DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
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,
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
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
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.,
[FR Doc. 97-21714 Filed 8-14-97; 8:45 am]
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