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Cooking equipment firm plans $4.5 million expansion in New Haven

A commercial cooking equipment company’s $4.5 million expansion will bring a 38,500-square-foot facility and three new jobs to a blighted area just east of New Haven.

Accutemp, which makes steamers, griddles, skillets and other items for the food-service industry, is seeking a tax abatement from the New Haven City Council on its proposed facility near Dawkins and Doyle roads that would include 16,000 square feet of offices and 22,500 square feet for storage or future office expansion.

The project would include $3.5 million in real estate improvements and about $1 million in new in manufacturing, distribution, research and IT equipment. If the abatement is approved, the company would save $37,212 in equipment taxes and $500,537 in real estate taxes over 10 years.

The company, which was formed in 1993, currently employs about 60 people.

According to the application, the area near the proposed site has largely remained undeveloped. Other existing facilities, such as a former Wendy’s and Taco Bell, have remained “unoccupied for over a decade, and creates a visible eyesore . . . obsolescence and substandard buildings and other factors have materialized negatively . . . With age, the location has become undesirable for normal sale, development and occupancy.”

City Council will hold a public hearing on the application Nov. 12. Construction could begin this month, with completion in 2021.

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