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October 11, 2013

Name change possible for IDA road

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

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — There could be a name change coming to IDA Park Drive North, if the Lockport Town Board decides to go through with it.

The Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors decided Thursday to recommend the name change to town officials. It’s an effort to clear up some confusion in the town’s IDA Park, where there two similarly named roads, “IDA Park Drive North” and “IDA Park Drive.”

IDA Administrative Director David Kinyon said the decision would fall to the Town Board, but members would look for input from the IDA.

With only two businesses currently located on IDA Park Drive North, making the name change would be easier now than later, if additional firms move or open a location on the street, Kinyon said. Those businesses are the only ones that use IDA Park Drive North as their address.

”It would be timely to make that change now,” Kinyon said.

IDA Park Drive North is a shorter road that jots out west of IDA Park Drive, which runs north to south. Kinyon said trucks continue to turn from Enterprise Drive on to Crown Drive, which means they have to turn around because of the closure of a southern portion of Crown. That portion was given to Yahoo as the company plans to expand.

Those trucks are delivering to Johnson-Rose and Bison Bag, who are located on the northern part of Crown near IDA Park Drive North, on the other side of the closure. The constant turning around has caused trouble for some of the businesses on Crown Drive, Kinyon said.

So, if the name change happens, Kinyon said he would encourage Johnson-Rose and Bison Bag to change their addresses to the newly named street.

• IDA directors voted to terminate its lease with Emerson & Renwick at 406 IDA Park Drive. The move was made in order to allow for the sale of the property to a new United Kingdom-based partnership that will oversee the U.S. businesses. Emerson & Renwick will continue to operate at its current location, Daniel Seaman, the IDA’s attorney, said.

• In another matter, Kinyon said there would be a hearing on Nov. 12 proposed expansion of Gooding Co. at the town Planning Board’s 4 p.m. work session meeting.

Gooding is looking to add 14,725 square-feet to its Davison Road location. The 137-year-old company is a printing plant that specializes in inserts for prescription drugs. Construction is planned to start in spring.

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