After nearly four years and a $1 million taxpayer-funded renovation, AlphaGen is still expected to locate in the old U.S. Motors plant and employ up to 200, Philadelphia Mayor James A. Young said Tuesday.

Company officials were expected to meet soon with the WIN Job Center to address its employee application process, Young said.

The company is still expected to locate in the 235,000-square-foot facility off Pecan Avenue where it will manufacture polymer ceramic coatings for industrial applications, infrastructure repair and clean energy applications, Young said.

"I talked to the owner last week and they are still getting things together as far as personnel and the application process," Young said. "They were to meet with the WIN Job Center."

Young remains optimistic that the company was still planning to locate here after nearly four years of negotiations.

"I'm still optimistic that they are going to come," he said. "All we can go on is what they tell us. I wish I could control it but I cannot. I'm optimistic that they are eventually going to be on the ground here. We have not been told that they are not. We are actually awaiting their next more. From my standpoint, it's about putting people back to work. Right now we are just waiting."

In the beginning it was said AlphaGen would bring 200 jobs with an initial $10 million private investment.

The renovation of the city owned U. S. Motors facility to make way for AlphaGen included demolition of about 32,000 square feet of office area, painting the walls, roof repairs, electrical upgrades and repair/replacement of sanitary sewer service, among other things.

The renovation project was funded through a $1 million Community Development Block Grant awarded to the city.