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September 21, 2013

County officials discuss economic growth opportunities in Tonawanda

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Tonawanda News — She noted that Simmers Crane Design & Services plans to move to the site. City of Tonawanda administrator Richard Planavsky said Friday that the company is completing its preparations.

“I think they are getting quite close to offering to purchase the parcel of land,” he said, noting the offer would then go before the council for its approval.

Poloncarz’s report also discusses the cherry farm parcel at the south end of the Grand Island Bridge in the Town of Tonawanda. A landfill was previously located on the property.

“It is a large part of the county and the town’s potential for public waterfront landscape,” Whyte said Friday at the lunch.

She said the county’s next step in developing the area will be to complete a feasibility study to assess how the property could be used. The study will likely cost $100,000.

Whyte also noted a number of other projects the town and county are working together on, including work at the former Polymer Applications site. The Erie County Land Reutilization Corp., which obtains vacant and blighted properties and redevelops them, is also testing out their pilot program with a Tonawanda property.

“The land bank will help deal with the problem of vacant and distressed properties, and the Sheridan Parkside building in the program is a very serious problem property,” Whyte said.

Contact reporterJessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley

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