AUBURN | Mack Studios, an Auburn business that specializes in prototyping, retail fixtures, trade show displays and graphics, is planning to expand locally with a $1.7 million building project.
The company is looking to build a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing / warehouse facility near its location at 5500 Technology Park, according to an application for assistance it has filed with the Auburn Industrial Development Authority.
An architect representing Mack Studios presented the project site plan to the City of Auburn Planning Board Tuesday.
"The economy's going well," said William Murphy Jr., president of Space Architectural Studio. "Mr. Mack's looking to expand his business and hire some new people."
The planning board voted to become the lead agency on the project's environmental review, and after the State Environmental Quality Review is completed, the site plan will be up for approval, pending a few fire code adjustments.
"It's something we would ultimately like to see more of, from an economic development perspective," said Stephen Selvek, city planner.
After the meeting, Murphy said Mack Studios hopes to break ground on the project as soon as possible.
The city of Auburn currently owns the property, and a resolution authorizing the city manager to negotiate the transfer of the property to Mack Studios is on the Auburn City Council agenda for Thursday's meeting.
"Mack Studios is desirous of setting forth employment and manufacturing goals and timetables and is desirous of finalizing negotiations in order that construction of an addition may begin as soon as possible, subject to approvals by the appropriate Auburn City Boards," the resolution memorandum states.
Mack Studios listed a job creation goal of five full-time jobs in the first two years in its application to AIDA. The company currently employs 43 people.
Also included in the application is a request for a 20-year payment in lieu of taxes program that would save Mack Studios $657,552 in real property taxes over that period. The company also requested a $64,900 break on state sales and compensating use taxes and a $17,000 break on mortgage recording taxes.
Mack Studios has asked that AIDA meet the week of March 18 to begin the review process for its application.