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Shatkins' Aesthetic Associates seeks tax breaks for Amherst expansion

An Amherst plastic surgery and dental practice is seeking tax breaks for a $5.5 million expansion that will provide more room for its growing businesses that provide training to medical professionals and that manufacture components used in dental surgeries.

Drs. Todd E. Shatkin and Samuel Shatkin Jr., the owners of Aesthetic Associates Centre, have about 45 or 50 employees who work on the clinical, product development, sales and manufacturing sides of the practice and related businesses, which are located in two buildings at 2495 and 2500 Kensington Ave. They would add up to 10 workers and build a 15,000-square-foot addition through the expansion.

Todd Shatkin is a cosmetic and dental surgeon and Sam Shatkin is a plastic surgeon. Todd Shatkin has several patented dental implant procedures, and he and his father, the late Dr. Samuel Shatkin Sr., founded Shatkin F.I.R.S.T. to train other dentists in the procedures and to make and sell surgical guide stents, implants, dentures, crowns and other components used in the surgeries.

Today, Sam Shatkin's side of the practice also brings in doctors, nurses, physician assistants and other medical professionals for training in laser treatment and other cosmetic procedures, nutrition counseling, wellness and weight loss.

The auditorium where the training takes place can hold about 55 people at one time, and the brothers would build a 15,000-square-foot addition at 2500 Kensington that would allow them to serve up to 120 people.

The Shatkins also are planning to invest in new equipment for the Shatkin F.I.R.S.T. building at 2495 Kensington, where the dental surgery components are designed and manufactured.

"With our new facility, we hope to manufacture much more of those products right here on site," Todd Shatkin said.

Of the 45 or 50 employees, about 30 work on the clinical side and 20 to 25 work in manufacturing, sales and related positions, although Sam Shatkin said there is overlap among the jobs. Aesthetic Associates, Shatkin F.I.R.S.T. and the related companies would add five employees within one year and eight to 10 employees within three years.

The brothers hope to start construction on the addition by the end of April, if the project's request for tax breaks wins approval, and finish by winter.

Documents filed with the Amherst Industrial Development Agency don't show the estimated value of tax breaks. Todd Shatkin said IDA staff have told him the value of the sales tax exemption, mortgage tax exemption and real property tax abatement could be worth $700,000 on the $5.5 million project. If the Shatkins don't win the tax breaks from the IDA they would scale back the project considerably, he said.

There is a public hearing on the project set for 8:30 a.m. March 17, at the agency's offices at 4287 Main St., Amherst. The board won't act on the request until its April meeting.

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