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If food waste isn't composted it is tossed, sometimes container and all, into a landfill. Buffalo Niagara Organics Recycling has introduced a plan for a "depacking plant" in the former Pallet Services warehouse at 310 Grand Island Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda that separates food waste from recyclables, such as plastic containers. The Town Planning Board made a …

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Unifrax, which makes a polycrystalline fiber product, is finishing up a 83,000 square-foot expansion in the North Youngmann Commerce Center, but the company presented a preliminary plan for an additional 33,000 square foot expansion to the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board on Wednesday. James Hartz, director of planning and development for the town, said the second expan…

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After the closing of the Huntley Power Plant in 2016, a grassroots effort called Tonawanda Tomorrow looked at how the town could encourage economic development in its industrial corridor and beyond. Tonawanda Tomorrow concluded a 10-month study with it final report at the end of June, but the Tonawanda Town Board voted to continue the group's momentum by establishing a …

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Green Acres Animal Hospital presented a plan to triple its size at its site at 2060 Niagara Falls Blvd., and centralize its office staff from four other locations at the expanded Tonawanda site. The hospital, which was built in 2004, is currently 4,500 square feet. The  preliminary drawing presented to the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board for its approval shows a two-st…

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After nine month of discussion, the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board decided Wednesday to forward new wind turbine and cell tower codes to the Town Board for its approval. Although both codes are separate, each addresses some of the same issues of changing technology and aesthetics, such as height and location. "We've spent an awful lot of time on this," Chairman Ken…

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The two largest towns in Erie County are both saying no to new cellphone towers. After Amherst joined the Town of Tonawanda in a cellphone tower moratorium this week, the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board discussed whether the two largest neighboring towns in Erie County may want to work together to adopt similar codes. The Town of Tonawanda imposed a moratorium in Ma…

The former Kenmore Teachers Federal Credit Union on Highland will become a day care center. The Town of Tonawanda Planning Board gave the go-ahead to plans for the 2,400-square-foot building at 258 Highland Ave. Danielle Kinsman said her daycare business, Jumped Up Jelly Bean, has outgrown her home. She said the new site will accommodate 34 to 36 kids. The Plannin…

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Officials from Sumitomo Rubber's tire plant outlined plans for a two-story 71,000-square-foot expansion during a Town of Tonawanda Planning Board meeting on Wednesday. The planned expansion on 11 acres of land was just a portion of the overall investment on the 137-acre site at 3445 River Road, said project manager Joe Capotosta of Perry Group Engineering. A 25,000-squa…

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The Town of Tonawanda Planning Board is expected to discuss Sumitomo Rubber Industries' plan to build a 71,000-square-foot expansion at the board's meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The company took over the former Dunlop Plant at 3445 River Road in 2014 and last year announced plans for an $87 million investment in the tire plant over the next three years. Sumitomo makes…

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Parker Boulevard, between Englewood Avenue and Sheridan Drive, has been chosen by the Town of Tonawanda as a pilot project for the town's Complete Streets plan. The Complete Streets plan calls for streets to be bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly, with wider handicapped accessible sidewalks and ramps and traffic calming devices. The town plans to use Parker Boulevard as a …

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The closing of the Huntley Power Plant took a big bite out of the Town of Tonawanda'a tax base, and also leaves a huge mothballed building on the town's waterfront. What to do? Residents, business owners and community stakeholders over the past nine months have worked on a plan on how to revitalize the town's industrial base. The plan is called "Tonawanda Tomorrow," …

It was almost a year an a half ago when the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board gave the go-ahead to MJ Mechanical's plans to expand its Tonawanda operations. The board got news this week that business is doing so well it is adding jobs and expanding its parking lot and possibly its new 40,000-square-foot facility. "The  job creation is way beyond what they told the ECI…

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Monopoles, micro-cell towers, stealth technology and increasing applications for wireless antennae recently prompted the Town of Tonawanda to put a moratorium on new permits while it updates the town code. The Town of Tonawanda Planning Board on Wednesday discussed some of the new technology the town needs to address in its code as it prepares for future technologies, s…

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Both the Department of Transportation and neighbors have expressed concerns over plans for a new Delta Sonic location on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. The site plan review was adjourned Wednesday night by the Tonawanda Planning Board, but it is expected to return to the board's agenda at its April 5 meeting. Delta Sonic has proposed demolishing fo…

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Could your neighbor put in a wind turbine to generate power? Not likely is the answer, as the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board discussed how to revise and toughen up its alternative energy codes. The board brought in Andrew C. Reilly, a consultant from Wendel Engineering, who praised the board for its current code, which restricts wind turbines to industrial zones. …