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February 17, 2011

 

C’ville awaits final state grant approval

$750,000 grant for Pall expansion at Route 281 facility expected to create 77 jobs

By JEREMY HOUGHTALING
Staff Reporter
jhoughtaling@cortlandstandardnews.net

CORTLANDVILLE — The Town Board held the final public hearings for a pair of state community development grants Wednesday, one for low-income housing and one for an expansion at Pall Corp.
The town will still have to wait for final approval from the state on both grants.
The only person to speak at the public hearing was Ann Hotchkin, the program manager for Thoma Development Consultants, the company that prepared the grant applications. She gave an overview of the two grants.
Pall Corp. is expected to receive a $750,000 state Community Development Block Grant to renovate part of the former Smith Corona typewriter factory on Route 13. A portion of the building, about 41,000 square feet will be used for office space, while another 218,000 square feet will be used for manufacturing and warehouse space. The entire building is $420,000-square-feet.
The grant will allow Pall to expand its equipment used for the removal of solid, liquid and gaseous contaminants from a variety of liquids and gasses. The Pall Advanced Separation System focuses on technologies that purify water for use and reuse.
The new Pall division is expected to bring in 77 new jobs, and company has committed about $2.9 million for the expansion project, in addition to the grant.
The Long Island based company has offices across the Unites States, including one on Route 281 in Cortlandville.
About $16,000 of the grant will go to Thoma Development Consultants for filing the paperwork, and 25 percent of the remaining $734,000, plus 3 percent interest — about $189,000 — will be repaid to the town over a five-year period.
Town Supervisor Dick Tupper said Pall could have chosen to build anywhere, and he was happy it chose Cortlandville.
“It’s going to take care of some of the vacant space, and adding 77 jobs is good for the community,” Tupper said.
The money will be placed in the town’s community development fund, which loans money to small businesses and economic development projects. The other 75 percent is not required to be repaid as long as the job and investment goals are met.
The town housing rehabilitation will likely rehabilitate 13 to 14 structures across the town by income-eligible owner-occupied homes, with preference going to lowest income and greatest housing need.
Thoma estimated the average rehabilitation costs about $24,000, and is asking for $400,000.
Among other business Wednesday, the board tabled a resolution to give Lime Hollow Center for Environment and Culture a break in its water and sewer benefit taxes.
Lime Hollow received about 12 acres of land with about 600 feet of road frontage on Lime Hollow Road and Stupke Road.
Since it is non-profit, it requested the town waive the tax, but Town Assessor David Briggs suggested keeping the center paying for at least one unit.
The current bill for Lime Hollow would be $1,300 for 6.64 units of both water and sewer. If decreased to one unit, it would pay about $200.
Councilman John Proud suggested a clause be put in, saying that if the property is sold, the town can recoup what it was owed for the water and sewer benefit tax, as if the units were never decreased. He said he felt otherwise the town would be losing money if Lime Hollow was holding on to the property only to sell it later.
Councilman Ted Testa said he did not agree with it, and Town Attorney John Folmer agreed to research the issue before the March 16 meeting.
Lime Hollow officials told the town the nature center would not develop the land, Tupper said.

 

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