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WHEATFIELD VOTERS REJECT COMPLEX FOR SENIORS

Voters Friday overwhelmingly rejected selling town land for the construction of a senior citizens housing complex.

The sale of 10 acres behind the Town Hall to Wheatfield Congregate Living Inc. was rejected 765 to 135. The business planned to pay the town $125,000 for the land and build a 123-unit complex that would offer residential, dining and recreational facilities for the elderly.

A second proposition to use the funding to build a senior citizens meeting hall and day-care center next to it also was defeated, 498 to 214.

Although the project had been proposed for more than a year, residents submitted petitions last month seeking the referendum.

Opponents said town officials had not made the same offers to other developers.

Allan DeVantier of 2654 Niagara Road, who spearheaded the opposition, said he always supported the meeting hall and day-care center concept but he said he believes the town can complete such a project without private industry.

Because DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda is involved, the project is expected to move to North Tonawanda, officials noted.

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