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CCIDA OKs Planned Improvement Projects

HoliMont, Mallery’s and Sprague Receive Approvals

By Jann Wiswall

The board of the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) approved resolutions to conduct public hearings and preliminary SEQRs on planned improvement projects at HoliMont and Mallery’s Auto Body.

HoliMont’s General Manager Dave Riley requested sales tax abatement on materials required for $650,000 in projects, including $250,000 in snowmaking improvements and $100,000 in improvements to the power plant (e.g. installation of catalytic converters) to reduce harmful emissions per new EPA requirements. The balance of the resort’s planned 2014-15 season projects include some chalet improvements and the purchase of new generators, snowmobiles for staff and machinery upgrades.

These projects are not related to the WestMont Ridge project, which was approved for tax abatements by the CCIDA in May 2013. Riley reported that WestMont construction progress is good and that he expects to be able to begin pre-selling some of the planned 72 condominium units next spring.

John Mallery, owner of Mallery’s Auto Body in Olean, has requested sales tax, property tax and mortgage recording tax abatements from the CCIDA for a planned expansion of his business on Constitution Avenue. Mallery explained to the board that he will be constructing a 20’ by 100’ addition, making significant renovations to the existing building and purchasing new equipment in order to provide expanded services, including a dedicated area for his Hertz rental car office and wash bay. He expects the project to warrant the addition of five or more new employees, adding to his current full-time staff of 19.

Mallery, who serves on the advisory board for BOCES, noted that his business requires highly skilled tradespeople and technicians. At least a fourth of his current staff are BOCES graduates who receive regular continuing education in their fields.

Finally, CCIDA Executive Director Corey Wiktor reported that Sprague Development Corporation is working through permitting issues with the Town of Allegany Planning Board on its proposal to develop the 21-plus acre former K-Mart site at 3864 Route 417 in Allegany. Once permits are in hand, work can begin on replacing the roof and building façade. The IDA is backing the estimated $3 million-plus project under its Adaptive Reuse policy, which will provide Sprague with significant tax relief to redevelop the long-vacant site.

The next meeting of the CCIDA board of directors will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 11:15 a.m. the CCIDA offices at 9 East Washington St. in Ellicottville.

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