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April 23, 2014

Town begins wetland work

Tonawanda News — The town board authorized Supervisor Anthony Caruana to sign an agreement with Wilson Environmental Technologies on Monday night for wetlands work at the North Youngmann Commerce Center. 

The job is expected to cost $31,650 and the funds will come from bonded money as part of the ongoing project at the 92-acre site, which sits north of the Youngmann near East Park Drive and Two Mile Creek.

The town is developing the vacant site into an accessible business park. Contractors are finishing an infrastructure project at the property, where they are building a road and bridge.

The park’s first tenant, candy maker Wythe Will Tzetzo, plans on building an $18 million building on the site, and will move its headquarters from Virginia to Tonawanda as part of the deal.

As part of the deal, the town will receive $35,000 for each of the first 20 acres, and $5,000 for the last five acres, which are classified as wetlands. The company will retain 165 jobs and employ an additional 25 to 35 people over the course of the next two to three years as a result of the expansion.

Also at Monday’s meeting:

• The board approved a special use permit for attorney Patrick McLaughlin in a 4-1 vote. McLaughlin has had an office in an attached garage at his home at 55 Koenig Road since 2008, but didn’t have a permit to do so. Two nearby residents wrote to the town to object to the permit being issued, but officials said the complaints were not relevant to McLauglin’s business.

• Town officials announced that the town will hold a passport event from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 3. Residents will be able to apply for a passport and have their photos taken in the clerk’s office. The office will also be open until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays starting in May to accommodate people applying for marriage licenses.

• Board member Dan Crangle announced that the town’s golf courses will be open on May 28. 

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

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