LOCKPORT – A schedule of work presented to the Town of Lockport shows Walmart expects its new supercenter on the old Lockport Mall site to open Aug. 15, the Town Board was told Wednesday.
Councilwoman Patricia Dufour reported that the retailer gave a timeline to Chief Building Inspector Brian M. Belson for the work, which began with site preparation earlier this month.
Dufour said the site work is to be completed by the end of this month. November and December are to be devoted to erecting the exterior walls, and then the work will continue until the targeted opening.
Walmart has sought for nine years to build a new 185,000-square-foot store on the mall site.
The mall was demolished except for a Bon-Ton store, which will stay put and share Walmart’s parking lot.
The supercenter is to replace an existing Walmart a quarter-mile south on Transit Road. The existing store doesn’t include a supermarket, but the new one will.
“They’re going like gangbusters over there,” Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said.
Dufour said she thought the timeline “seems aggressive, but it’s good.”
The project has been delayed by zoning red tape, lawsuits from neighbors and, most recently, flocks of nesting seagulls on the property. Those were removed with nonlethal help from an exterminator.
In other matters at Wednesday’s session, the Town Board voted to terminate its contract with an electronic waste recycling firm and hired another, over the first firm’s decision to stop collecting tube TVs.
The board ousted Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery, which had told the town it intended to stop taking old-school TVs and other appliances using cathode ray tubes, or CRTs, as of Nov. 1.
That came a month after the company said it would stop paying the town 8.6 cents a pound, the contracted rate for e-waste, on tube TVs and monitors.
The new one-year contract with Sunnking of Brockport gives the town no revenue at all, but Sunnking will pick up TVs from the town’s drop-off site at the Highway Department garage.
Councilman Paul W. Siejak, who joined Town Attorney Michael J. Norris in negotiating the deal with Sunnking, said the rebate-free pickup deal was “in the best interest of town residents.”
Siejak added, “If we stop anybody from dropping off a CRT tube, the feedback would be negative, and they’d probably drop off the CRT anyway, and then we’d be stuck with them.”
Sunnking will recycle microwave ovens and other small appliances, which the old firm had refused to take, Siejak said.
Also Wednesday, the board voted to buy a new $127,500 bulldozer for the Highway Department.
The low bidder was Anderson Equipment Co. of the Town of Tonawanda.