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The Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency has awarded a contract to a Buffalo-area business to demolish the former Watson Industries plant at 335 Harrison St.

Steven Centi, economic development assistant for the Department of Development, said the offer of $227,350 from Lebis Enterprises was the lowest of seven bids. Centi also added the city is familiar with the work of Lebis.

"Lebis also was the company (that) demolished the former Union-National building on Crescent Street in a satisfactory manner, and the board unanimously approved them as the firm for this particular demolition project," Centi said.

Once the building is torn down, the site will be sold and one possible buyer, Phoenix Metal Fabricating, which is next door, has expressed interest, Centi said.

"We're going to be moving forward as soon as possible," he added. "We'll be alerting Lebis immediately of the contract being awarded. Depending on their schedule we'll be ready to move forward as soon as possible."

Centi said the demolition work also will include asbestos removal and environmental remediation.

The agency also tabled action on a proposal of Alice Yagle, a Tidioute, Pa., developer, for the former Brostrom's store at 310 to 316 N. Main St.

"The Brostrom's lot purchase is in relation to the possible acquisition and renovation of the former Frugal Annie's location into a 1950s-style ice cream parlor," Centi said.

Centi said the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency also has to establish a fair-market price for the Brostrom's site, which was destroyed by fire several years ago. The property was appraised last in 1996, at $15,000, a development official said.

The agency also approved a 1,920-square-foot addition to CAE Blackstone on North Main Street. Centi said 10 new offices are planned.

The Urban Renewal Agency is required to approve such plans under the Brooklyn Square Urban Renewal Plan.

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