It was almost a year an a half ago when the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board gave the go-ahead to MJ Mechanical's plans to expand its Tonawanda operations.
The board got news this week that business is doing so well it is adding jobs and expanding its parking lot and possibly its new 40,000-square-foot facility.
"The job creation is way beyond what they told the ECIDA," said Planning Board Chairman Kenneth Swanekamp.
The $3.3 million project approved in September 2015 gave theMJ Mechanical space to move from its previous site Military Road to the new site on Pirson Parkway in the North Youngmann Commerce Center. MJ Mechanical is a contractor for commercial and industrial heating and air conditioning.
MJ Mechanical told the Erie County Industrial Development Agency at the time of the move that it planned to add 29 jobs to the 142 current jobs. Plans were to increase its local workload and expand into the Syracuse area.
The Planning Board reviewed a site plan to expand the company's parking lot from 96 to 136 parking spaces which was presented by C.S Engineers on behalf of Zaepfel Development.
The Planning Board also reviewed a plan to convert a former commercial property at 154 Niagara Falls Boulevard into a three-unit apartment building. The building at the corner of Kenmore Avenue has been condemned and was labeled "an eyesore" by owner Eric Guigui.
The lack of on-site parking was discussed, but the Planning Board agreed that green space was preferable to adding more parking spaces and off-street parking and a bus route were available.
Guigui said he would like to turn the building into a three-unit apartment house - a one-bedroom and two, two-bedroom apartments and market the apartment to University at Buffalo students.
Both the parking lot expansion and apartment building were discussed, but adjourned for further reviews in advance of the next Planning Board meeting on May 3.