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

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.