IDA holds public hearing on Battery Point Villas financial assistance

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino Bob Reuther, center, voices his concern at the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency public hearing for the Battery Point Villas’ financial assistance. Business Development Manager Kristine Morabito, right, records his concern as Dunkirk Development Director Rebecca Yanus looks on.

The Battery Point Villas have made it through one more step — the public hearing for financial assistance from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency.

Business Development Manager Kristine Morabito and Phillips Lytle Attorney Matthew Mazgaj conducted the public hearing on the application from Erie Land Development LLC.

Morabito read the notice of public hearing, which ran as a legal notice in the OBSERVER on Aug. 25. The application asked for consideration of the project to demolish old buildings and construct market-rate apartments on the 31 acres at 468 Lake Shore Drive East, as well as provide financial assistance and a lease with obligation to purchase.

“The applicant has not requested any abatement of real property taxes in this application,” she said.

City of Dunkirk Development Director Rebecca Yanus spoke to say the city supports the project.

“We’re excited to see this happening in the city. We need some new housing stock to compliment the older,” she said.

Bob Reuther of Superior Energy Innovations attended to make sure the buildings will be energy efficient.

“We just want to make sure that local construction companies get a chance to bid on this stuff,” he said.

“We are particularly concerned about energy efficiency and efficient buildings,” Reuther added. “We want to make sure this project meets the current codes. We see this as a model of buildings that are going to be built to the highest of energy efficiency standards and we want to make sure insulation companies like ourselves are going to be treated fairly.”

Yanus exchanged contact information with Reuther as well as speaking with Valerie Champlin of Revitalize Dunkirk about her questions on the project. Yanus said a presentation by the developers is expected at a planning board meeting soon.

The CCIDA will meet Thursday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. at the CCIDA Offices, 201 W. Third St., Jamestown.