Public hearing on Athenex site plans set

Want to see the plans for what Athenex will look like? You may soon have your chance.

During the Dunkirk Town Board meeting, Supervisor Richard Purol said the town planning board will meet and a public hearing will be held Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. at Jamestown Community’s North County Campus to review site plans for Athenex. The planning board will need to make a recommendation to the town board in order for the project to proceed.

Purol said they wanted to have the meeting and public hearing at a bigger venue since more people are expected to attend.

“It’ll give people the chance to look at plans,” he said. “Everybody wants to see what’s going to happen and what it looks like.”

Purol said the town board is expected to act on the planning board’s recommendations and the site plan at a Dec. 13 board meeting so work can begin on the property thereafter.

On Athenex’s website it states that the groundbreaking for the Dunkirk facility is expected in the first half of 2018.

The town board will convene at the town hall for a special meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. to go over consultant engineer proposals and see who will best assist the town with Athenex’s site plans. Purol said he spoke with six individuals and five came back with offers. Purol noted costs incurred to bring on a consultant engineer will be paid by Athenex and not the town.

“It’s not so much what it’s going to cost, it’s who’s going to help us out the best,” he said. “We need them to look at the plans that come in and help the planning board make decisions.”

Board members also approved the resignation of Peter Miller from the zoning board. Miller is shifting to the planning board to replace Chris Penfold, who was elected as the next town justice.