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Several development proposals will be scrutinized during public hearings Oct. 18 of the Olean City Planning Board.

The hearings, scheduled during a meeting of the planners Monday, will include:

7 p.m. -- Property owner Linda Barlett's plan for interior changes at 927 Buffalo St. and a change of use from commercial to residential. She proposes renovating the building, currently containing upstairs apartments, and converting the first-story storefront into four apartments. The property includes a former railroad yard.

7:15 p.m. -- New Hope Fellowship wants to convert an 8,100-square-foot building at 115 S. 16th St. into a church. The building is in a residential zone but has housed operations for a vending company, All Seasons Service. Within a year after the building is purchased, the church also plans to create a day-care center, according to the Rev. Ed Babcock, the church's pastor. The building would accommodate a growing congregation, currently housed at 109 S. Sixth St. Required is the go-ahead for a change in use.

Planning Board member Steve Hamed noted the 16th Street parcel "is an awfully large piece of property to come off the tax rolls." Babcock noted the Sixth Street church would be returned to the tax rolls after it is purchased by developers, who want to convert it to multi-unit housing.

7:30 p.m. -- Southern Tier Recycling, recently taken over by Cassella Waste, will describe plans for expansion of its solid-waste transfer station and recycling center in the Homer Street Industrial Park. Mark Swanson of Cassella said the project includes a 40-by-50-foot addition to an existing structure, which will be used as a vehicle-maintenance building. Swanson also said that, in recent weeks, the property has been leveled and surfacing and drainage work have been completed. A 500-foot fence would be installed.

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