New Development for Old Spaulding Fibre Site

June 18, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2013 at 8:12 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

June 18, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2013 at 8:12 PM EDT

CITY OF TONAWANDA (WKBW) After sitting vacant for 21 years, the City of Tonawanda's largest former brownfield could soon see new development.

Simmers Crane Design & Services from Tonawanda is looking to build a $1.7 million dollar facility at the site of the old Spaulding Fibre Company on Wheeler Street.

Spaulding Fibre closed in 1992 after operating since 1911.

The 47-acre site was an eyesore, safety hazard, and contaminated with toxic chemicals.

Starting in 2006, New York State, Erie County, and Tonawanda spent $21 million dollars to clean up the industrial location.

A representative from Simmers Crane Design & Service said ground breaking for the new facility could take place in the next few months after the Pennsylvania owners (Pollack Research & Design) review a $400,000 incentive package approved by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.