Long Island's county industrial development agencies have approved tax breaks for 22 projects valued at $3 million or more in 2014. The projects will be completed over the next few years. Here is a look at those projects, which are expected to bring 849 jobs to Long Island. The information was compiled with help from James T. Madore.
Nassau County has agreed to give millions of dollars in tax breaks to a fast-growing computer software business to keep it from leaving. In exchange, Dealertrack will move from Lake Success to a new North Hills HQ. The $112 million project is pictured in an architect's rendering. Read the story here.
A&Z Pharmaceutical Inc.
A & Z Pharmaceutical Inc., which exports calcium supplements and over-the-counter drugs from its 180 Oser Ave. location, is in contract to purchase a 118,000-square-foot building at 350 Wireless Blvd in Hauppauge. Projected cost of buying and outfitting the Wireless Boulevard facility would be $28.6 million. The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency showed its support for the project by granting about $1.7 million in tax concessions over 10 years. Read the story here.
Garden City Hotel
Nassau County agreed to give the Garden City Hotel up to $2.6 million in tax breaks for renovations, subject to the owner talking with unions about employing local construction workers. The luxury hotel, first opened in 1874, embarked on a $26 million improvement plan in January. Read the story here.
Hilton Garden Inn
An artist’s rendering of the proposed Hilton Garden Inn in the Harbor View Corporate Park in Port Washington. It will be the first branded hotel in northwestern Nassau. The hotel first received local planning approval in May, and in June, Nassau's industrial development agency gave the project a sales tax exemption of up to $950,000 on the purchase of construction materials, furniture and other items, and $210,000 off the mortgage recording tax. Construction is set to begin in Spring 2015. Read the story here.
Twin Rinks Ice Center
Nassau County's Industrial Development Agency unanimously approved up to $2 million in sales tax breaks to complete the construction of the Twin Rinks Ice Center in Eisenhower Park. The arena is seen here under construction on Dec. 27, 2013. Read the story here.
Spring Hill Suites
The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency granted tax breaks lasting two decades to help support the new Spring Hill Suites by Marriott hotel at 20 Westbury Ave. in Carle Place. Tax breaks included up to a $475,000 savings in sales tax on purchases of construction materials and hotel furnishings, and $126,000 off the mortgage recording tax. A payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, agreement for 20 years calls for property taxes to be frozen at the current rate for three years and then increase 3 percent in each of the next 17 years. Read the story here.
Edgewood-based Trophy Depot Inc. is seeking to relocate to a new facility in Hauppauge for an estimated $13 million, according to the company's application for tax breaks. The Suffolk County's Industrial Development Agency agreed to provide Trophy Depot's project with a $202,688 sales tax exemption, a mortgage recording tax exemption of $47,250 and a 15-year property tax abatement valued at about $1.7 million. Read the story here.
Intelligent Product Solutions
Intelligent Product Solutions, with yearly sales of more than $13 million, plans to expand in Hauppauge. The company is combining two offices on Comac Street in Ronkonkoma into one at 700 Veterans Memorial Hwy. All are rented. The $200,000 project is expected to add 10 people to a payroll of 65. Mitch Maiman, the company's president, is pictured here. Read the story here.
The Huntington Hotel
A hotel project proposed for the former Huntington Town Hall secured tax breaks from Suffolk County earlier this year after developers addressed concerns about the use of construction materials and workers from outside Long Island. The Huntington Hotel will save $3 million in taxes over 15 years, with most of the benefit in lower property tax bills. The $10.4 million project involves converting the old town hall at 227 Main St. in Huntington village into the hotel lobby, meeting rooms and one extended-stay room. A rendering of the Huntington Hotel is seen in an image from March 4, 2013. Read the story here.
Hampshire Real Estate Cos.
A self-storage facility that is planned for Elmont received tax breaks from Nassau County in April because it will remove blight and address a consumer need, officials said. The $10.4 million project led by Hampshire Real Estate Cos. is one of at least six self-storage operations to receive help recently from an industrial development agency on Long Island. Others are in Amityville, Deer Park, Glen Cove, Hicksville and Lindenhurst. The Elmont facility would be located on Linden Boulevard in a blighted parcel once home to a nursery, said Daniel J. Baker, an attorney for the developer. The building will consist of 116,000 square feet of space over three stories. Read the story here.
Sutherland Building Group
Sutherland Building Group wants to purchase and expand 175 Kennedy Dr. in the next 18 months. The $7.9-million project is expected to add 16 jobs over two years to the group's payroll of 120. Sutherland began in 1963 as Hi-Lume Corp., a maker of suspended ceiling tile based in Huntington. The owners of what was Hi-Lume Corp., from left, brothers Matthew and James Sutherland, are shown here. Read the story here.
Contract Pharmacal Corp.
Contract Pharmacal Corp. in Hauppauge, which employs more than 900 people, was awarded 572 kilowatts of discounted electricity from the Power Authority in return for promising to retain 406 workers and hire 33 more. The manufacturer of over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and dietary supplements for pharmaceutical giants and retailers plans to invest $4 million in its seven plants, all of them in Hauppauge. Earlier in the year, Contract received 726 discounted kilowatts in exchange for protecting 500 jobs, adding 200 more and pledging to invest $19 million in operations. Read the story here.
A G Food Products Corp.
A G Food Products Corp., a supplier to Long Island's ubiquitous food trucks, is planning a $5.7-million expansion in Hauppauge. The company planned to purchase 35 Marcus Blvd. and to construct an addition that will bring the building's total size to 53,100 square feet. The producer of breakfast and lunch items employs 31 people now and hopes to add 20 by 2017. The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency this week offered A G Food $548,910 in tax breaks over 12 years. Most of the savings would come from reduced property tax bills. Read the story here.
The Sunrise Volkswagen dealership on Sunrise Highway in Lynbrook is pictured here on Aug. 29, 2014. A $5-million project will help the dealer meet new showroom requirements from the automaker and to expand its service department, according to owner John Burns. He received tax breaks from Nassau County last week in return for promising to retain Sunrise Volkswagen's 48 employees and add 15 more over three years. They earn, on average, $44,600 per year, records show. Read the story here.
Supreme Screw Products Inc.
Supreme Screw Products Inc. will move from its longtime home in the Bronx to Mineola, where it will renovate two buildings at 59-65 E. Second St. The $4.1-million project will preserve 36 jobs, which pay, on average, $52,000 per year including overtime. Another 29 jobs are to be created over three years, Misha Migdal, the company's owner and president, said last week. Read the story here.
The Jobin Organization
The Jobin Organization has finally secured a new home in Hauppauge after its purchase of another building there fell through last fall. The Farmingdale-based specialty contractor agreed to buy and renovate a 25,000-square-foot structure at 35 Gilpin Ave. in Hauppauge. Executives said the $3.5 million project will allow the company to bring in house the production of wall panels that is now done by suppliers in other states and Canada. Jobin expects to add 10 people to its workforce of 50 within two years, they said. Records show that employees earn on average $92,967 per year. Read the story here.
Garden City Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram
Garden City Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, a dealership on North Franklin Street in Hempstead, received tax breaks from the county, officials said. The dealership's attorney said it would add 13 jobs to its payroll of 74 over the next six years. The dealership plans to expand its showroom, service area and parts department, all located on North Franklin Street in Hempstead Village. The $3.4-million project includes a 10,000-square-foot addition connecting two existing structures. "Joining them together will provide more abilities to do work," said Alan M. Stein, the dealership's attorney. Read the story here.
A Hauppauge-based producer of plant extracts used in food, medicine and cosmetics has changed a 2012 expansion plan to now include two factories, instead of one, and to add 28 jobs, an executive said. Bio-Botanica Inc. wants to add 10,000 square feet to its plant at 85 Commerce Dr. to produce shampoo and cosmetic creams and lotions, according to William J. O'Reilly, the company's controller. Read the story here.
Aventura Technologies Inc.
Aventura Technologies Inc. hopes to expand into the building at 48 Mall Dr. in Commack to open a business incubator for technology start-ups. The building, seen here on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, has been the home of pharmaceutical giant Forest Laboratories. Read the story here.
Men on the Move Storage
Men on the Move Storage, of Floral Park, plans to double the size of the 50,000-square-foot building near the Meadowbrook State Parkway by creating a second floor within the existing structure. The $10.4-million project would create three jobs that pay between $32,000 and $42,000, records show. In return, the Nassau IDA offered a $100,000 sales-tax exemption and $61,635 off the mortgage recording tax. The property tax rate would be frozen for five years followed by 1.66-percent increases in each of the next five years and 2-percent increases in the final five years. Read the story here.
The Suffolk County IDA approved $152,885 in tax breaks for Command Direct, which provides printing, mailing and digital communications for health insurers. The $3 million-project involves buying 310 Oser Ave. in Hauppauge to replace rented space in Farmingdale. The move would create six jobs over two years and protect 20. Read the story here.
Croker Fire Drill Corp.
A safety company that helps employers and landlords prepare for fires, disasters and other emergencies wants to move to Hauppauge instead of Pennsylvania. Croker Fire Drill Corp. hopes to purchase and renovate a 13,526-square-foot building at 235 Brooksite Dr. that is more than three times the size of its rented home in Islip Terrace. The company expects to move in 2016. The $3 million project will alleviate cramped conditions, said Brian L. Weinstein, who owns the business with his father, Ray. Read the story here.