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Niagara IDA approves tax break for reuse of N. Tonawanda lumber warehouse

A tax break was granted Wednesday for a plan to reuse a former lumber warehouse in North Tonawanda as offices for two architects.

The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency approved the request from Enterprise Lumber and Silo, a company formed by architects Kelley Culp-Burton and Joy Kuebler, for a 10-year property tax break on the condemned 90-year-old warehouse at 211 Main St. Their company is named after the firm that owned the site from 1925 to 1936.

Culp-Burton and Kuebler plan a $3.15 million makeover of the 17,000-square-foot building, providing offices for themselves and other potential tenants. Besides reduced property taxes, the incentives include a mortgage tax exemption and an exemption from paying sales on building materials and furnishings.

The total work force of the two firms, KCB Architecture and Joy Kuebler Landscape Architects, would rise from 11 full-time equivalents to 18. Both women currently work from their homes.

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