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North Tonawanda company seeks DEC brownfields aid

A company that plans to turn an abandoned North Tonawanda lumber mill into offices for architectural firms is applying for state aid to clean up contamination at the site.

In July, Enterprise Lumber and Silo received a 10-year tax break from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency to renovate the 91-year-old building at 211 Main St. The company, named after one of the former businesses that operated there, was formed by Wheatfield architects Kelley Culp-Barton and Joy Kuebler.

The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday that it is seeking public comment through Feb. 23 on a brownfields cleanup request from the company. The site was used as a lumber mill as far back as the 1880s, but other companies used petroleum products and other hazardous materials there.

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