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Developer offers to give property to Orchard Park

An Orchard Park developer offered to give the town land with two buildings that he said could be used for a senior center, but Town Board members gave him a tepid response Wednesday night.

Joseph Eppolito offered to give the town the 4.13 acres and the buildings on Chestnut Ridge Road. He said he has sold other property recently.

“I’m 86 years old,” he said. “I’m getting to the end of the game.”

But there is a catch.

Eppolito wants to receive the tax benefits for the donation this year, and he wants to turn over the deed to the property by Dec. 31.

Supervisor Janis Colarusso thanked him for the generous offer, but she said she did not know if the town has enough time to thoroughly explore the offer by the end of the year.

She also noted that the two buildings are not accessible, have no elevators and have not been used for about 20 years.

“There is so much we would have to do to improve it for a senior center,” she said.

Eppolito said both buildings are accessible on the ground floor, the parking lot is in good shape, and there are no environmental problems. One of the buildings was constructed in 1981; the other was built in 1987.

“I think it’s a big asset to the town,” he said.

Town officials said the minimum space they were looking for in a new senior center is 30,000 square feet, and Eppolito’s two buildings have a total of about 20,000 square feet.

Councilman Eugene Majchrzak said he would need more than this month to decide whether the town should acquire the property.

“I won’t make a decision on something like this in three weeks,” he said.

Councilman David Kaczor suggested the town engineer and the two prospective board members, Supervisor-elect Patrick Keem and Councilman-elect Michael Sherry, check out the property.

“I don’t want to miss the boat on this,” he said.


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