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Town of Tonawanda Planning Board OKs 2 projects

The Town of Tonawanda Planning Board on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to Zaepfel Development Co.’s $3.3 million proposal to build a 40,000-square-foot facility for MJ Mechanical in the town’s North Youngmann Commerce Center.

The Planning Board held a special meeting Tuesday night because there are five weeks between its September and October meetings, which are held on the first Wednesday of every month, and several developers are eager to break ground.

“It’s going to be October in a couple days. We’ve got great weather now,” board Chairman Ken Swanekamp said after the meeting. “For some of these, especially with the last two winters, getting a couple extra weeks of good construction weather is real important to them.”

MJ Mechanical wants to be in its new facility by the first quarter of next year, said Paul Kinney, Zaepfel’s project manager. “It was very important to get going on this as soon as possible,” he said. “We’re ready to really dig in and move forward on it before snow falls.”

The project will allow MJ to expand from its current 25,000 square feet at 2040 Military Road, which it has outgrown.

MJ Mechanical is a full-service commercial and industrial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration contractor, with clients in Western and Central New York and northern Pennsylvania. It also provides sheet-metal fabrication.

MJ Mechanical will join First Source, a maker of private-label and branded candies, snacks and gourmet food that also outgrew its Military Road space, as the first tenants in the new commerce center just off the Youngmann Expressway. Construction is nearing completion on First Source’s new $17 million, 307,000-square-foot headquarters, also a Zaepfel project.

The board on Tuesday also approved plans by the Kenmore Teachers Federal Credit Union for the building at 2265 Sheridan Drive, the former Demetri’s Family Restaurant. The credit union bought the building for $250,000 and is moving there from its current location on Highland Parkway.