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LONE BIDDER TO ACQUIRE 'PICKLE WORKS' LEGISLATURE APPROVAL IS EXPECTED AT DEC. 20 MEETING

The county will sell the 4.6-acre "pickle works" property on Borden Road in Cheektowaga to Marrano/Marc Equity Corp. of West Seneca for $1,000, with the conditions that the former Tree Pickle plant be demolished and at least 12 single-family houses be built.

The sale is subject to approval by the County Legislature, which is expected at the Dec. 20 meeting, Robert Kowalewski, assistant county finance commissioner, said Wednesday.

The buyer will then have 120 days to demolish the abandoned plant, acquired by the county for $350,000 in back taxes.

Marrano/Marc Equity submitted the only bid by the deadline Tuesday. The property had been advertised and proposals sent to a dozen prospective buyers, Kowalewski said.

The old pickle plant, in the midst of a residential area, has long been the subject of complaints as an eyesore and a gathering place for underage drinking.

The site is zoned residential; the pickle plant was a non-conforming use. The Town Board refused to consider rezoning the property for commercial use.

The county had tried to sell the property to make up the $350,000 in back taxes, but the cost of demolishing the building, estimated at anywhere between $50,000 and $600,000, made it prohibitive for residential development at that price.

The county got no bids in an earlier attempt to auction off the property.

The sale will provide an increase of at least $1.2 million in the tax base, expected from the construction of at least 12 $100,000 houses, benefiting the county as well as other taxing jurisdictions, Kowalewski said.

The site had been under consideration for a new library, but the town and county reached agreement last month for the property to be sold for residential development and that a 2 1/2 - acre site on Losson Road would be used for a new library.

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