Westfield moves closer to seeing pierogi business

Westfield is one step closer to seeing Nowinski Pierogies open for business.

The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency met recently for its board of directors meeting. It reviewed several resolutions during the meeting, and held a deviation hearing regarding the proposed pierogi business.

The deviation hearing was held because the CCIDA is going outside of its standard uniform tax exempt policy for RAE Enterprise, which will operate Nowinski Pierogies. The CCIDA’s standard uniform tax exempt policy has already been adopted and has been reviewed by the municipalities in Chautauqua County. Because it is offering RAE Enterprise a payment in lieu of tax agreement and other benefits outside its normal realm, the hearing was necessary.

The board also passed a resolution approving a State Environmental Quality Review for RAE Enterprise.

“The applicants completed a short environmental assessment form, which was the form that was needed for us to conduct a SEQR analysis for this project,” said Kristine Morabito, CCIDA project manager. “It was determined through that analysis that the action to be taken was considered unlisted, and a negative declaration is being made regarding that action. So, it will have no significant environmental impact.”

Aaron Resnick, executive director of the Westfield Development Corporation, was also at the meeting. He said he was very pleased with the new business venture coming to Westfield.

“I’m sure the applicant will be very pleased,” Morabito said. “They’ve been looking forward to this. This allows them to move forward in many ways.”

RAE Enterprise presented to the board in January. They are intending to purchase the firemen’s exempt hall in Westfield. By doing so, the building will be back on the tax roll for the first time in approximately 30 years.

The board of directors also saw and approved three other resolutions involving SEQR reports. Each report, like the one of RAE Enterprise, showed no significant environmental impact. Reports were completed for French Creek Properties, LLC; S. Howes Inc.; and for Mike Janisch, who is working on a small wind project.

Additionally, the board approved selling property owned by the CCIDA to Southern Tier Brewing Company for $1 in order to help the business with a waste treatment facility. And, the board authorized Bill Daly, administrative director for County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency; Michael Metzger, board chairman; Gregory DeCinque, board treasurer; and Hans Auer, board member, as signers on the CCIDA bank account.

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