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The Town

June 25, 2014

Town to sell portion of road

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — The Tonawanda Town Board authorized the sale of two town properties at its meeting Monday night, and officials say the moves are indicative of economic growth and the town’s stability.

Unifrax will purchase a portion of Fire Tower Drive adjacent to its main facility and warehouse. The company, which makes high-temperature insulating glass fibers for the automotive and fire protection industries, will complete an expansion at the site by connecting its two current facilities with a 40,230-square-foot addition. 

The company will pay $25,000 for 0.8 acres of land on the town’s road. Construction is set to begin this summer. 

“They are also adding jobs, so this is a definite, positive step for the town,” Board member Joseph Emminger said.

The town also approved an agreement with Zaepfel Development, under the name Tonawanda Pirson, LLC, which will purchase an additional 13.6 acres of the North Youngmann Commerce Center, the town’s new business park.

“This is in regards to the sale of the second piece of property, and we haven’t even gone out to advertise yet,” Supervisor Anthony Caruana said at the board’s meeting. “Now, about half of it is sold.”

Zaepfel is already developing 25 acres of the business park into a $18 million headquarters facility for candy maker Wythe Will Tzetzo. The company is currently based out of Virginia and leases space on Military Road in the town. As part of the move, Wythe Will Tzetzo will be adding 25 to 35 jobs over the course of the next two to three years. 

Zaepfel’s purchase of the 13.6 acres is unrelated to the Wythe Will Tzetzo project, Emminger said, and will be used for a separate development. The new business park is a 92-acre property that sits north of the Youngmann, near East Park Drive and Two Mile Creek. 

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