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Funding for a second "incubator" building at the North America Center Industrial Park was approved Monday afternoon by the West Seneca Town Board.

The $1.1 million facility, which will offer space to fledgling businesses, will be built with the assistance of a $500,000 loan.

Erie County is lending the money from its Community Development Block Grant funding to the town at 2.5 percent interest. The West Seneca Development Corp. will borrow the funds from the town at the same 2.5 percent interest rate.

The corporation will lend the money to James A. Zaepfel, who will repay it over 10 years at a 4 percent interest rate. The West Seneca Development Corp. will retain any interest and other charges left over to spend on other eligible projects in the town.

"It's one more piece of development happening in North America Center where the town has substantial investment," Supervisor Paul T. Clark said.

The 24,000-square-foot building will be built on about five acres and will be expandable to 30,000 square feet, the supervisor said. It will be a companion to the 24,000-square-foot American Business Center Phase One, also developed by Zaepfel Development Co. with a loan of federal funds.

The Town Board amended the latest loan agreement at Councilman Christopher P. Walsh's request to make it clear that contractors with union shops are eligible to bid on the construction project.

"I understand there were some union contractors discouraged from bidding on the first building," Walsh said.

Walsh and other board members also asked that the rear of the building, which will back up to homes on Seneca Creek Road, be more aesthetically pleasing than the first incubator.

"This first building presents an unsightly experience to the residents of Seneca Creek Road," Walsh said.

In other action, the board approved a home occupancy permit to allow a dog grooming business at 3675 Seneca St.

The board also approved a special permit for light automotive repair for an oil changing business at 2421 Clinton St. to begin offering New York State auto inspections and repairs related to auto inspections. Owner James L. Busshart agreed not to replace transmissions or motors or engage in collision work or painting.

The board also set Aug. 15 as the date to receive bids to improve Gemcor Road, the former Meyer Road, in front of Gemcor's Union Road plant.

Clark said the road paving will be funded through a loan and grant from the state. Gemcor has agreed to pay for the loan so town taxpayers will not have to pay for the road.

"We're providing a loan package to have Gemcor and their 250 employees," Clark said.

Gemcor announced earlier this year it would move from Hertel Avenue to West Seneca to accommodate its growing business.

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