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Oliver Street building to be auctioned Council vote saves former apartments; planned Meadow Drive extension gets OK

A dilapidated apartment building once slated for demolition was given new life Tuesday when the Common Council voted instead to auction the Oliver Street building during the Council's regular meeting.

Second Ward Alderman Kevin Brick, the lone Council member to oppose the move, described the building as an eyesore worthy only of demolition.

"Four hundred and eight Oliver Street should be torn down."

A couple of residents expressed concerns about who the city sells the building to, saying that it should be someone reputable and who cares about the community.

Alderwoman-at-large Catherine Schwandt said: "We will look at who gets it, and the Council will have the final say."

The Council also voted, 4-1, to authorize Soos to sign an agreement with the state Department of Transportation to begin the first phase of a $2 million project to extend Meadow Drive about a mile east to Erie Avenue.

A $1.6 million grant, obtained through the office of Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, will cover 80 percent of the cost. Although the city will be responsible for the remaining $400,000, the state will pick up 75 percent, leaving the city with a $100,000 bill for the entire project. The first phase, which involves preliminary engineering and right of way acquisition, totals $500,000, but will cost the city $25,000.

Brick, again the only dissenter, said he's leery about the project and fears problems might surface about wetlands and possible pollutants on the land where the road will be extended.


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