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VILLAGE DELAYS SETTING SIZE ON SHORELINE LOTS

The Village Board Monday delayed action on a proposal to establish lot sizes in the Waterfront District along guidelines suggested by the New York Department of State.

Trustee Alfred J. Soluri Jr. objected to requirements of a minimum 22,000 square feet with a 125-foot width, saying that might discourage small to moderate-sized businesses from developing in the area on the banks of the Niagara River.

Instead, the board directed Wendel Engineers to discuss with the state whether lot sizes as small as 10,000 square feet with a 75-foot width could be permitted.

"I want to make it so that when developers come in they won't have to spend a large sum obtaining the property," Soluri said.

Village Engineer Anthony W. McKenna said the state wants to encourage "relatively upscale" developments, which is why it has designated the larger lot sizes.

Soluri said the village has only 2 1/2 acres available in the Waterfront District and the larger minimum lot size is about a half-acre. He said the village is seeking to encourage the development of smaller parcels that could be used for businesses such as a boat livery.

In another matter, two lots at Fourth and Center streets, the sites of now-closed gas stations, will be the object of a redevelopment study by Wendel Engineers. Last month Wendel was asked to do a preliminary study of the site. The corner has been the source of an ongoing confrontation between the village and Herbert W. Richardson, president of the Edwin Mellen Press.

Richardson claims the village has been thwarting his attempts to develop a headquarters-office space complex at the corner.

The village says Richardson has had numerous opportunities during the 1980s to develop the property and has yet to start a project.

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