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May 9, 2013

Yahoo finalizing site plan

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Final site plan approval by the Town of Lockport Planning Board is the last hurdle for Yahoo’s proposed expansion in the town’s IDA Park. And that could come as soon as next month.

The Internet giant is planning on investing $170 million in a second phase on its campus in the Town IDA Park. The phase will expand the Yahoo data center and add a new customer call center, creating 115 jobs.

Construction on the 320,000 square-foot expansion would start shortly after site approval, town officials said.

The site plan approval was on the planning board’s agenda Wednesday, but Brian Belson, the town’s building inspector, said the motion was tabled. Yahoo needed some more time to iron out details of the project.

• A pair of public hearings will be held at next week’s planning board meeting. The meeting is at 7 p.m. May 15 at the town hall on Dysinger Road.

The first will involve a special use permit for a proposed Verizon cell phone tower at 1010 South Transit Road for Caminocasa, Inc. All cell phone towers need such permits, according to town officials.

The second hearing is for a special use permit for a new Mike Basil Volkswagen dealership on South Transit Road. The $4 million project will move into the former location of Basil Toyota at 6179 South Transit. Basil Toyota moved next door.

• Starting in June, the planning board will meet for a work session on the second Tuesday of the month, followed by a regular meeting on the third Tuesday of the month.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.