Fri, Sep 11th 2020 12:30 pm
By Michael DePietro
Interim Tribune Editor
The Town of Niagara is considering making zoning changes to a disused hangar at the former U.S. Army Reserve Center (USARC) site to help lure an airplane manufacturing facility to the area along with roughly 600 new jobs.
During Wednesday night’s Town Board work session, representatives for Stavatti Aerospace, a Wyoming-based aerospace manufacturer that designs and produces military, commercial and general aviation aircraft, said it is looking at the USARC site as a potential landing spot to create a prototype production facility. The overall project is said to be around $26 million.
The site in question was formerly an 18-acre single parcel that was sold to the town in 2019. The former USARC site was then subdivided, with 15 acres being sold to Reger Holdings, a private developer, and another 3 acres reserved for a proposed First Response and Preparedness Center, which would be operated by Niagara County.
Before procedures can continue, however, the company is asking the town to re-designate the zoning for the sight from “light industrial” to “heavy industrial.”
The project cleared its first hurdle with the town on Tuesday, when the planning board recommended the approval of the rezoning request and made a negative declaration on the project’s environmental review.
Stavatti’s legal representatives, Matthew Fitzgerald and Patrick Fitzgerald (no relation) of Phillips Lytle LLP, were on hand for a short overview presentation and to answer some questions. They said the company was looking to knock down three buildings on the