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Wendel hired for environmental probe in Lockport industrial park

LOCKPORT – Wendel, the Amherst-based engineering firm, was hired Wednesday for $73,500 to perform an environmental study needed to have the new section of the Town of Lockport industrial park declared “shovel-ready” for development.

The Town Board approved a contract with Wendel and a side deal with the town Industrial Development Agency, calling for the IDA to reimburse the town for any of Wendel’s costs not covered by a $13,000 state grant.

Wendel will create a supplemental generic environmental impact statement that can be used for development in the 91-acre section the town acquired from General Motors in an eminent domain proceeding. It’s been renamed IDA Park South, since it’s located immediately south of the main industrial park, which is nearly full. The existing park’s main tenant is Yahoo, which has constructed two data centers and a customer call center there.

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