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Panel eyes another business park

The success of the Town of Tonawanda's Colvin Woods Business Park and interested developers have spurred the town to consider developing another site for companies to call home.

Supervisor Ronald H. Moline has appointed five town officials to a new ad-hoc committee to look into the development of the North Youngmann Commerce Center.

In the past year, several area developers have expressed interest in the 90-acre site, located off the Youngmann, west of Military Road and east of East Park Drive, officials said.

The site has already undergone initial preparation for development, Moline said.

It has undergone environmental reviews, such as identifying wetlands, and other preliminary studies. Moline said the town has secured funding from the state for infrastructure work and the development of access to the land.

"We've reached the point where it's in the best interest of the town to determine the direction that the development should take," Moline said.

Robert L. Dimmig, executive director of the town's development corporation and a member of the ad-hoc committee, said panel members will research such issues as land prices and landscaping designs.

Town officials said the success of the Colvin Woods Business Park, also off the Youngmann, is fueling the effort to develop the Youngmann property.

The Colvin business park is home to Definity Health and J.W. Danforth. The U.S. Border Patrol is among several concerns planning to move to the business park.

Dimmig said similar success is likely at Youngmann because it offers Empire Zone benefits and easy access to the expressway.

Councilman Raymond E. Sinclair, who is also a committee member, said the future business park "will generate hundreds of hundreds of jobs."

The committee is scheduled to report its recommendations to the Town Board on Dec. 1.

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