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Williamsville sets March 24 deadline for proposals for old mill site

Williamsville has set a deadline of March 24 for accepting proposals for the sale and use of the old mill property on East Spring Street.

The village – which rescued the 1800s-era property from foreclosure in 2005 for $450,000 – received an offer of the same amount in January from the owners of a popular village sweet shop.

Officials, however, wanted to wait a few months to hear other offers and decide on the best use for the mill property, which includes two adjacent buildings.

“I’m aware of several interested parties, but haven’t seen any hard proposals,” said Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa. “If we are going to get anything else, it’s probably going to come in right at the deadline.”

The village set the deadline for 4 p.m. March 24.

Anyone interested in purchasing or developing the property should submit their plans to the village clerk in Village Hall, 5565 Main St.

Once the proposals are submitted, Williamsville officials are expected to make a decision about the property sometime in April.

In related matters, the owners of Sweet Jenny’s – who have been leasing the mill on a month-to-month basis since December and made the initial offer on the property – have submitted more details about their proposal.

The old mill would be used as a retail and manufacturing site for their sweets. But several local companies have expressed interest in converting one of the other buildings on site – known as the Mill House, or red building – into a microbrewery, according to an updated proposal submitted by owners Howard and Tara Cadmus.

Visitors could watch the brewing process, then taste and purchase the beer.

The other building on the grounds, known as the Zent House, or white building, would be used as office space for Howard Cadmus’ law practice.

The Village Board, meanwhile, has agreed to borrow $255,000 to reinforce the buildings on the mill site before they are sold. The village expects to receive an additional $245,000 in state grant money for a total of $500,000 in structural work.

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