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IDA APPROVES EXPANSION OF NURSING HOME

Tax incentives for a proposed $9 million expansion of Autumn View Health Care Facility were approved Tuesday by the Hamburg Industrial Development Agency.

The agency had previously approved incentives for a $7.5 million project, but the McGuire Group, which owns the nursing home and rehabilitation center on Southwestern Boulevard, decided to add another 10 beds, bringing the total expansion to 72 beds.

A 48-bed unit will be constructed and four existing units will be expanded by six beds each to 46, according to Stephen M. Mercurio, vice president of the McGuire Group.

Autumn View is expected to add about 60 jobs, bringing total employment to 213 full-time and 87 part-time once the 38,400-square-foot project is completed in 2006, following groundbreaking in the spring.

Eventually it hopes to add a facility devoted exclusively to the care of dementia patients, Mercurio said.

Autumn View provides "outstanding quality" of care for the town's aging population, Kathleen C. Hochul, an IDA board member and town councilwoman said.

The tax incentives include exemption from sales tax on equipment and material purchases and a partial property tax exemption on a sliding scale.

On another matter, officials expressed pessimism about the prospects for a $6.5 million indoor sports complex that was to have opened this month.

Michael J. Bartlett, agency executive director, said he has not heard from the developers in months and neither has the town Planning Department and said he is not optimistic the project will be built.

The 90,000-square-foot facility was to feature a golf driving range and baseball, soccer and lacrosse fields on a 16-acre site on Commerce Place off of Camp Road.

Jeffrey Walker, vice president of South Towns Sports Complex, could not be reached to comment Tuesday.

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