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BOARD APPROVES REZONING FOR EX-TOY PLANT SITE

The East Aurora Village Board Monday night unanimously voted to rezone property on both sides of Girard Avenue at Buffalo Road from manufacturing-processing back to residential.

The moves comes on the heels of a proposal by the Herman Group of Buffalo, which has purchased the 27-acre site from the Mattel subsidiary, Fisher-Price Toys, to build housing.

Mayor John V. Pagliaccio said currently there are no development plans before the board.

But during a public hearing last month, Steven Weiss, an attorney representing the Herman Group, said there are plans to construct 80 single-family homes and 120 multifamily rental units for the elderly.

Weiss also said the developer plans to donate the south end of the parcel, next to Parkdale Elementary School, for use as an athletic field.

In other matters, the board:

Voted to name itself the lead agency on a request from building owner Ronne Kobis to demolish a burned-out building at 39 S. Grove St.

The action is the latest chapter for the building located on the historic Roycroft campus and gives other interested parties 30 days to respond or challenge the village's authority to act as lead agent.

Observers have noted that the state Office of Historic Preservation may want to have a say on the demolition since the building, which was destroyed last February by a fire believed to have been caused by an electrical short, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Announced that Oct. 20 will be the last day for village yard waste pickup, with leaf collection at curbs to begin immediately thereafter.

Approved the use of village streets for the East Aurora High School homecoming parade Oct. 20.

Village officials noted that the annual bonfire will be held at the high school on Center Street this year.

Approved a kennel permit allowing for the housing of three dogs at 274 Sycamore St.

Held a public hearing in the mayor's office before the regular meeting to seek residents' input on the use of federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

The only items mentioned, according to Village Administrator Patrick E. Richey, were sidewalk repairs on Millard Fillmore Place and "spot" repairs elsewhere in the village.

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