Kittinger Furniture Co. is on its way to relocating its manufacturing plant to Clarence.
The Town Board on Wednesday approved a special-exception use permit that the furniture maker needed in order to renovate and expand what was a roller skating rink behind the Eastern Hills Mall for a production plant.
Raymond Bialkowski, Kittinger’s president, said he still needs to complete his acquisition of the property but hopes to start the construction project in February or March. The goal is to move into the facility around May, he said.
Bialkowski estimated the cost of the project at $1 million. His company employs 15 people; he hopes to increase the workforce by 10 employees.
Town Councilman Bernard J. Kolber said he welcomes the revitalization of the building, saying it has been a target for vandalism.
“It has become somewhat of a neglected, derelict building. Personally I think it’s a great use if we can bring a company like Kittinger in.”
The refurbished facility, on 2.8 acres, would consist of nearly 32,000 square feet, including a planned 9,500-square-foot addition.
Kittinger is relocating its operations from the Tri-Main Building in Buffalo. The new plant will also be closer to a Kittinger store on Transit Road.
Also Wednesday, the board discussed a proposed Jehovah’s Witnesses worship hall at the northeast corner of Roll and Shimerville roads. The board referred the project to the Planning Board for review.
The project would consist of a 4,000-square-foot worship hall on 4.5 acres. On Sundays, two different congregations would meet there at different times, with about 60 to 70 people at each gathering, said David Singer, who spoke on behalf of the project. There would also be meetings on two weeknights.