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IDA sets public hearings on 4 tax break requests

WHEATFIELD -- The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency has scheduled public hearings on four requests for tax breaks for new projects.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, in Pendleton Town Hall, 6570 Campbell Boulevard, a hearing will be held on the plan for a new $2.26 million building on Donner Road for Mac's Antique Auto Parts, a business moving from the City of Lockport.

The other hearings will be held in the IDA office, 6311 Inducon Corporate Drive, starting at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11.

The first hearing that day will be on Calamar's request for tax breaks on a $3.33 million 35,000-square-foot warehouse or manufacturing building to be erected in its Woodlands Corporate Center off Shawnee Road. No tenant has been lined up for that building.

Another Calamar project at Woodlands, a $1.77 million kidney dialysis for Apollo Healthcare of Niagara Falls, is the topic of the second hearing.

The third hearing is on a $1 million 16,000-square-foot plant for a new company, Universal Fine Chemicals, which is to buy six acres from the IDA at its Vantage International Pointe industrial park off Lockport Road.

All the companies are seeking 15-year property tax abatements, except the dialysis center, which is eligible only for a 10-year break.

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Public hearing planned on Wal-Mart project

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls Planning Board has set a public hearing for 6 p.m. next Monday in Council Chambers of City Hall on the planned Super Wal-Mart/Sam's Club shopping complex on Military Road.

The board said the hearing will focus on Benderson Development's 550,000-square-foot site plan, a zoning amendment requested by the developer and an environmental review of the project.

City Attorney Richard Zucco said that earlier this summer, the board gave the go-ahead for the seven-building complex, but some documents covering the zoning amendment were not forwarded to the Niagara County Planning Board for approval.

A residents group called Citizens Against Sprawlmart is suing the city over the project.

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