Tonawanda News

The City

June 17, 2012

Progress noted at former Spaulding Fibre site


Tonawanda News —

With state and county officials on that committee and a part of the the decision-making process, communication was easier and piecing together the complexities of the project became more viable.

“I just picked up the baton from Jack Gallagher,” Pilozzi said of the past Tonawanda mayor.

But since that time he has become an integral piece to the collective group, hashing out a vision that he feels will one day pay off, when the 46-acre business park is filled with new employers.

“We decided that we would continue to work with the federal and state governments to basically put this property into sellable condition,” Pilozzi said. 

As an added incentive the city will offer real estate brokers a larger percentage of properties sold to what officials hope will be a bustling testament to a previously unusable plot of land. The decision to make it a business park in the first place was forged by the fact that it received restricted residential status, meaning there would still be limitations on what could be built due to the past environmental incongruities.

The city is now working with Buffalo Niagara Partnership and the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for marketing material and is preparing to begin an aggressive campaign in August, according to Pilozzi.

“It will be a plus for the city once we put some taxable business on the road,” he said. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext 4115.

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