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NFTA CALLS SESSION TO REVIEW RAZING OF PLANT TIMETABLE FOR OLD WESTINGHOUSE PROPERTY IN CHEEKTOWAGA ON THE AGENDA

NFTA Executive Director Richard T. Swist has called a meeting to review the timetable for acquisition and demolition of the former Westinghouse Corp. plant in Cheektowaga and relocation of its tenants.

The plant, now called the Buffalo Airport Center, is to be acquired by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for expansion of Greater Buffalo International Airport.

He called the meeting at the request of Cheektowaga Supervisor Frank A. Swiatek, who expressed concern that "fragmentation" among agencies was hampering efforts to relocate 54 tenants with 750 employees.

The meeting will be at noon Jan. 3 in the Metro Transportation Center in downtown Buffalo.

"The intent of the meeting is to review the exact status of the NFTA's airport redevelopment project and the tentative schedule for proceeding with acquisition of the former Westinghouse plant," Swist said.

"We also wish to discuss the business planning problems which have been encountered by the current plant tenants due to the uncertainty surrounding the acquisition schedule," he added.

"Finally, we want to review the plans which can be effected for the orderly transition of the plant tenants to other Western New York locations, preferably in Cheektowaga," he said.

Swiatek said last month there was "skepticism about target dates" of next March for acquisition of the plant and March 1992 for demolition because the state Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating the possibility of contamination on the site.

Swist invited Paul L. Snyder, owner of the Buffalo Airport Center; Swiatek, State Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew, Assemblyman Paul A. Tokasz, D-Cheektowaga, County Legislator Raymond K. Dusza, D-Cheektowaga, and representatives of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Western New York Economic Development Corp., Greater Buffalo Development Foundation, and Cheektowaga Economic Development Corp.

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