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Seneca County IDA gives initial approval to Wilkins RV aid package: New facility would create 36 jobs

The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency has given initial approval for aid to Wilkins RV for a proposed store in Junius.

The Board of Directors gave approve to an application for financial aid to Wilkins, based in Bath, who has proposed building a $12.4 million RV sales and service center on State Route 318.

The facility would utilize a new sewer line and existing water line at a 40-acre plot. The parcel would be purchased from Upstate NY Property Development LLC.

Construction costs are estimated around $10 million. Land acquisition costs are around $1.9 million. Other assorted costs add about $450,000 to the project.

Wilkins would use $10 million of bank financing for the project, according to the Finger Lakes Times, as well as $2.4 million of cash on hand.

Wilkins owner, Brian Wilkins, has applied for a 10-year Payment In Lieu of Taxes agreement. That’s an exemption from paying sales tax on purchases of supplies and equipment and exemption from paying mortgage recording tax.

The company would save around $800,000 in total if the PILOT were approved. The IDA has scheduled a public hearing for 12 p.m. on August 22. It’ll take place at the Junius Town Hall located on Dublin Road.

The Wilkins RV facility would have 36 employees, according to its own reporting.