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The Times
  • IDA agrees to provide assistance to Sphere

  • The Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency’s Board of Directors unanimously authorized a final resolution to assist the Sphere STP project during a special meeting Monday.

    IDA Executive Director Mark Feane said the action was taken to meet the deadline for the company’s closing date.

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  • The Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency’s Board of Directors unanimously authorized a final resolution to assist the Sphere STP project during a special meeting Monday.
    IDA Executive Director Mark Feane said the action was taken to meet the deadline for the company’s closing date.
    Sphere will redevelop the former Skinner Auto Sales site at, 700 Mohawk St. in the village of Herkimer, for a new Tractor Supply Company facility, with an anticipated seven new full-time jobs and an unknown amount of part-time jobs coming with it.
    “It’s going to be a positive for the community,” said Feane.
    John Piseck, IDA chairman, said the facility is expected to open by November.
    “It’s unique compared to anything else around here,” said Piseck during a telephone interview on Monday. “There’s a lot of things that are different [with this facility] that will help the farmers.”
    Besides farming supplies, the company also sells equine products, lawn and garden products and power equipment at its stores, according to its website at www.tractorsupply.com.
    The company is demolishing the present structure at the location to build a new, 19,097 square-foot facility. Temporary fencing has  been established around the perimeter of the property. Skinner Auto Sales — which reopened at 5637 State Route 5 — moved out of the location at the end of May.
    “It’s one less [empty] space for people to be concerned with,” said Feane.
    Sphere requested the IDA to assist financially for the site acquisition, demolition, construction and equipping of its facility for $2.4 million. Among its incentives, the IDA will assist Sphere with the mortgage recording tax and provide a sales tax exemption.
    The company has had to address some environmental issues on the property, but Feane said Sphere is working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to correct them.
    IDA officials said the developers liked the location, partially because it is near the Thruway and Routes 5 and 28. Piseck said besides farmers, horse ranchers, hobby farmers and gardeners will be interested in the supplies at the store.
    Before passing the resolution, board members commented on the positive feedback they have already received regarding the project.
    “It’s a wonderful fit,” said Piseck. “We need something like that here.”
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