Funds for a pair of infrastructure projects at a Town of Tonawanda-owned site being readied for development were approved Monday by the Town Board.
The board voted unanimously to approve borrowing resolutions for water, sewer and road projects at the 92-acre North Youngmann Commerce Center. After a request for proposals, contracts will be awarded and the work to make the site further shovel-ready will likely be completed in the fall.
“After years of studying and planning, it’s a watershed moment that we’re now putting funding into place to start construction,” said Robert L. Dimmig, executive director of the Town of Tonawanda Development Corp. who updated the board on the plan.
An access road extending eastward through the site to a truck turnaround will connect East Park Drive and Two Mile Creek Road. That project will cost $2.8 million with $500,000 coming from funds the town received for helping to lure insurance giant GEICO to Amherst.
An existing 24-inch water line — which cuts diagonally through the site and runs along its northern border — will be relocated along the new road at a cost of $1 million to free up more land for development.
The site along the Youngmann highway, commonly known as the “Mudflats,” has been dormant for decades as the process to develop it dragged on.
But now Councilman John Bargnesi said he and other town officials are fielding inquiries from local developers representing companies interested in purchasing acres for their back-office or logistics operations.
“For developers to be calling us, they know the fish is on the hook,” he said.
In other business Monday, the Town Board:
• Awarded a $3.23 million contract to Mar-Wal Construction Co. of Depew for waterline improvements along Delaware Road. The board acknowledged the project may cause some inconvenience to residents.
• Voted to extend the town’s contract to supply water to the Village of Kenmore.
• Viewed upgrades to the assessor’s page on the town’s website. Residents can now complete exemption renewals, more easily access property information and use resources to determine whether their assessment is fair by going to www.tonawanda.oarsystem.com. Residents may contest their assessment on upcoming grievance day May 28.