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PLAN TO IMPROVE DOWNTOWN AIRED

Downtown Batavia could become more user-friendly under a plan aired Tuesday night during a meeting of the City Council.

Discussed was the Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District -- a partnership between the city and center-city merchants. Improvements could be in place by the end of 1998.

Major changes include a tree-lined median in the middle of Main Street, new lighting, landscaping around downtown parking lots and facade improvements to buildings on both sides of Main Street, including the Genesee Country Mall.

Six of eight speakers during the hearing embraced the plan.

Among the speakers were two Chamber of Commerce representatives who endorsed the plan, which has been under discussion since last January.

Edward M. Flynn, the city's community development director, said a Council vote on the plan could occur at the Nov. 24 meeting. If the plan is approved, Flynn said, construction could begin next spring.

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