The Grammy-winning singer and her producer husband are looking to convert the old Exxon Mobil plant on Route 31

MACEDON — One of the most famous singers in the world wants to come to Macedon.

Alicia Keys has won 15 Grammys. She's performed at the Super Bowl. And now, she and her husband — music producer Kasseem Dean, otherwise known as Swizz Beatz — want to turn the old Exxon Mobil research plant on Route 31 in Macedon into a music and arts center.

Their lawyer, Linda Shaw, made the pitch to the Macedon Town Board on Thursday night.

"Yeah, there was a wow factor," said Scott Allen, Macedon town engineer.

Why did Keys and Dean decide on the Macedon site?

"That's the million-dollar question. Why Macedon? Why this week?" Allen said. "I really can't answer it other than to say it's a unique site, it's a large campus, a lot of square footage here and I think it's probably a good value for the dollar."

According to the plans that the couple's lawyer shared with the town Thursday, the Deans want to turn the main building into classrooms, a cafeteria and some offices. They want to turn the former factory space on top of another hill into a gym and training facility for musicians and artists and maybe some dorms. The barn at the back end of the property, they want to turn into a gallery for their collection of photography and art.

"For years we've been stagnant and it is what it is. And this will create such a buzz that I think it will definitely bring a lot more to the community and more to offer as well," said Gabriel Petsios, owner of Macedon Hills Family Restaurant.

"I still can't believe it. I'm still kind of in the twilight zone. It's hard to believe," Petsios said.

The Macedon Town Planning Board will meet Monday, Aug. 19, to consider the request.

News 10NBC reached out to the couple, who said they have no comment right now.