SCHENECTADY — A food industry marketing and sales company will set up a regional office and training facility in a historic former church on Union Street.
Affinity Group plans to buy the circa-1889 building at 620 Union St. and invest $1 million in renovations and construction there, the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority announced Thursday.
At its meeting Wednesday, the Metroplex Board unanimously approved a $100,000 grant to Affinity for the project and granted it an exemption from sales tax on the building materials and supplies it will need to make the move.
The building was refitted as offices by a previous owner and contains 13,000 square feet of floor space.
Affinity plans to relocate its eastern New York/New England regional office there and add the training facility, Metroplex said in a news release. Schenectady-based Mid-state Industries will be the general contractor.
The workforce on site is expected to start at 21 and grow to 31 in the next few years.
Metroplex said Affinity will be a good addition to the downtown landscape, matching with the local restaurant scene and putting a historic vacant building back to use.
The Buffalo-based company employs nearly 1,000 people in 70 markets nationwide, Metroplex said. It acts as a broker between food manufacturers and retailers and food service companies; it provides sales analytics, planning solutions and store-level merchandising.
“We are proud to welcome the Affinity Group to this historic building on lower Union Street,” Mayor Gary McCarthy said in a news release. “This project will bring new jobs to our community and continue the vibrant economic growth in downtown Schenectady.”