Tonawanda News — But the jobs soon began vanishing and not long after, the plant shut down in the early 1990s. The 47-acre property was then tied up in bankruptcy until 2005, when the city was left with the deteriorating site.
Tonawanda, with the assistance of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, began demolishing the degenerating buildings. The cleanup and soil remediation took more than eight years, $20 million in federal, state, and county aid as well as an additional $700,000 from the city.
In late 2011, infrastructure work began for the site’s future business park, which is now equipped with water and sewer lines, new roads, sidewalks and curbs.
After Years and millions in renovation work, Mayor Ron Pilozzi said he is excited by Simmers’ plans.
“Hopefully it will be the first of many organizations to break ground,” he said. “It will add to the tax rolls and give job opportunities to the folks in our city.”
Pilozzi said the city began negotiating with the company several months ago. The cost to build on the property will likely be about $40,000 per acre, but that figure is subject to change depending on the amount of acreage sought.
The city has also negotiated with another company interested in building on the site.
“We have done everything I can possibly think of to make sure we have a shovel-ready site, and that we have the right climate to spur as much activity as possible,” Pilozzi said. “We are ready to go.”Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley