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PARKING BOARD IS URGED TO REPLACE EAGLE RAMP

The Common Council Tuesday called for the city Parking Board to demolish and replace the 600-car, 39-year-old Eagle parking ramp as the next step in meeting parking needs in the vicinity of Pilot Field.

The new ramp would be substantially larger, Council members said. Some mentioned a capacity of 1,100 cars, but Parking Director Thomas A. Gallagher said no determination has been made.

By passing a resolution sponsored by Council Member at Large Clifford Bell, the Council was aligning itself with the Griffin administration. Lawmakers were told during budget meetings two weeks ago that the administration believes replacing the Eagle ramp off Washington Street behind One M & T Plaza should be the next move on parking.

Bell's resolution also conformed to administration thinking by calling on the Department of Community Development to prepare a general redevelopment plan for the full block bounded by Swan, Washington, Ellicott and South Division streets, directly north of Pilot Field. That block, mostly privately owned, often has been proposed for parking.

In other matters, the Council:

Gave preliminary approval to consultants' plans for renovating Memorial Auditorium at a cost estimated at $39 million.

Approved assignment of 24 downtown locations to street vendors in a program designed to regulate vending and add vitality to the pedestrian mall.

Approved Council Member at Large Eugene M. Fahey's bill asking city lawyers to draft an ordinance allowing the Council to set height limits for waterfront developments.

Approved the sale of five lots at 769-791 William St. and 45 Coit St. for $2,500 to M.J. Ogiony Builders Inc. The buyer plans subsidized housing as an extension of the Adamski Village development.

Approved an $8 million interim loan of city block-grant funds to help finance construction of a 145-unit suite hotel at Main and Chippewa streets by Dynamic Enterprises Inc. of Cheektowaga and Journeys End Hotels of Canada.

Approved a $109,058 contract with Campobello Construction Co. Inc. of Kenmore to build a public walkway at the Coast Guard station at the mouth of the Buffalo River.

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