NORTH TONAWANDA – The Common Council Tuesday unanimously approved a deal to hold onto 8.3 acres of industrial parkland for the next year and a half to give Armstrong Pumps time to develop its expansion plan.

“We want to see that business park full of new businesses and jobs in the short term,” Council President Richard Andres said after the council meeting. “The city is basically agreeing take prime real estate off the table.”

Armstrong, a Canadian company that makes pumps that distribute water in high-rise buildings, has 148 local employees. It has outgrown its East Avenue location in a former Roblin Steel building, adjacent to the industrial park acres it intends to buy for $5,000 an acre, or $41,550.

The council, which discussed the purchase with Armstrong logistics manager Jerry Najuch in October, will delay the formal property transfer, pending the development of building plans.

The city does not want to sell the land and risk that it stays undeveloped for a prolonged period, Andres said. The sale will go through once Armstrong has presented plans and taken out building permits, he said.