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West Buffalo Charter School seeks OK for addition

The Buffalo Planning Board is weighing a proposal by the four-year-old West Buffalo Charter School to put on the first of two planned additions to its West Side building to accommodate four additional grades. The school, which currently serves students in kindergarten through fourth grade, has been approved to expand up to eighth grade, adding up to 250 students to its current total of about 300.

The school wants to construct a two-story, 12,600-square-foot addition, with a basement, to hold eight more classrooms at its current site at 113 Lafayette Ave. That will include three fourth-grade classrooms, two fifth-grade classrooms and two sixth-grade classrooms. Officials hope to begin construction on the $1.8 million project by July 1, with completion by yearend. A second, $4.5 million addition would follow starting in March 2017, with completion by August 2018, to provide permanent classrooms for sixth through eighth grade, as well as a gymnasium.

The project needs approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals before the Planning Board can vote.