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Thin Man brewery project gets tax breaks

Developer Rocco Termini is getting more than $94,000 in tax breaks for his $4.7 million project to convert an old industrial building on Chandler Street into the new home of Thin Man Brewery and a business incubator.

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday approved the sales and mortgage tax breaks for Termini's project to renovate a long-vacant and fire-damaged building at 166 Chandler St.

Thin Man, which opened at 486 Elmwood Ave. in August 2016 but has grown rapidly, originally was supposed to move into another Termini project at 155 Chandler, but brewery officials believe the new site will better suit their needs.

Thin Man will occupy about 20,000 square feet of space within the facility, in addition to a 2,000 square-foot tasting room, while the incubator will use about 28,000 square feet.

The project is expected to create about five full-time and five part-time jobs at Thin Man, doubling the size of its current workforce. The jobs are expected to have an average salary of about $35,000 a year.

Work is slated to begin in August, with completion by May 1.

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