NORTH TONAWANDA – Ivy Lea Construction will make the first step to move its headquarters from the Town of Tonawanda to North Tonawanda with a ground-breaking ceremony for the company’s new $1 million, 10,000-square-foot headquarters Thursday morning at the site, 765 Walck Road, near the intersection of Zimmerman Street.
Mayor Arthur G. Pappas welcomed the second-generation family business to the city and said in a prepared statement, “We are honored to have such a successful company choose our city – providing jobs and strengthening business within the community.”
Ivy Lea Construction has been based in the Town of Tonawanda since 1987. The new building will provide 10,000 square feet of office and warehouse space. Owner Michael Washington said the firm scaled back its original 30,000-square-foot plan, but hopes to phase in additional truck garage and warehouse space in three to five years.
“It’s definitely needed,” Washington said. He said the company currently has about 40 employees and plans to add 10 to 15 more. Sales were $5.2 million in 2015 and are expected to hit $6.2 million in 2016.
Washington announced the plan to move the full-service home-improvement business to the site in 2015. He called the location ideal because of its proximity to the Thruway. He said the business was outgrowing its current 3,500-square-foot site on Northwood Drive in the Town of Tonawanda, where Ivy Lea has been located for nearly 30 years. He also told the Common Council last year that the move would allow him to expand and add more employees.
The 5.1-acre site was purchased from the City of North Tonawanda. The city-owned site once was used for a ballfield, but has been unused for approximately 20 years.
The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency provided $100,153 in total incentives, including a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement and mortgage and sales tax abatement for the project.