The Clarence Industrial Development Agency board is expected to talk about Towne Mini’s request for tax breaks for a new standalone dealership planned for Main Street, when it meets at 8 a.m. Thursday at Town Hall.
Towne Automotive claims the incentives are necessary to help make the $1.9 million project economically feasible. But Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, who has called for IDAs to be more selective in approving tax breaks, has urged the Clarence IDA not to award incentives for Towne. Ryan contends the project is not a worthwhile use of tax breaks and says the new dealership will be built anyway.
Towne has received development plan for approval from the Town Board for a dealership across from the facility Mini now shares with BMW, just east of Transit Road. A sign on the property where the new dealership would be built promotes the site as the “future home” of Mini, with an additional message reading, “Construction starting in 1 month.”
Also this week:
• A Planning Board executive meeting will be 9 a.m. Monday at Town Hall.
• The Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, following a 6 p.m. work session. There will be a public hearing on Kittinger Furniture’s request for a special exception use permit, which the company needs for the project to go forward. Kittinger wants to open a manufacturing facility in what is now a roller skating rink behind Eastern Hills Mall. The company would move from the Tri-Main building in Buffalo.
The board will also talk about a Jehovah’s Witnesses worship hall proposed for 4.5 acres at the northeast corner of Roll and Shimerville roads. The project is seeking preliminary concept review.
• The Town Board will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall to discuss 2013 organizational items.
• Pauly’s Pizza at 9980 Main St. has closed. The restaurant opened last year at the former home of Phil’s Char-Pit. Meanwhile, El Ranchito, a Mexican restaurant, has opened at 9780 Main St., the former location of Saffire Grill.
• The Clarence Hollow Association’s board of directors has chosen its officers for 2013: Jean O’Connell, president; Katie Yu, vice president; David Passalugo, secretary; and Rich Rodgers, treasurer.