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CONFERENCE CENTER EXPANSION TO BE FOCUS OF HEARING

A public hearing will be held in Town Hall at 2 p.m. April 23 to consider the proposed $2 million expansion of the Beaver Hollow Conference and Training Center.

Under the proposal, Olympic Management Systems Corp., which operates the facility, will be exempt from all expansion-related taxes for the first five years. After that, the exemptions will drop by 20 percent each year until the 10th year, when exemptions cease.

Additionally, Olympic will be excused for one year from paying sales taxes on project-construction materials and mortgage-recording fees.

After two years, the expansion is expected to result in an additional 40 jobs, bringing to 100 the number of workers on the conference center staff.

During previous Industrial Development Authority hearings, objections have been raised about tax exemptions, IDA director Richard L. Tindell said.

Olympic Management, headed by Paul L. Snyder of Buffalo, in 1988 acquired the former YWCA property that features a small lake. Its quiet and relatively isolated location proved popular as a business meeting place. An Olympic spokesman said the conference center has a list of 100 business clients and an 80 percent occupancy rate.

Tindell praised the conference center as a benefit to Wyoming County.

"It has caused no negative impact on the community and has made payments (in lieu of taxes) to the Town of Java, Pioneer Central School and Wyoming County. Its business has generated sales-tax revenue and increased local employment to about 60 persons."

In December, Snyder announced the expansions, including a new meeting room that can seat 45, a dining room that can seat 70, 15 new sleeping quarters, an enlarged kitchen capable of providing service to the lakeside pavilion, a swimming pool and entertainment deck, a gym and an expanded nature trail.

Sixty additional acres would be acquired, increasing the facility's size to 200 acres.

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