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Planned Williamsville building is now half its original size

CRS Cos. has scaled back its proposed development on a prime Williamsville corner to less than half its initial size.

The developer planned to build an $8 million, four-story, 50,000-square-foot building at Main and South Long streets with 24 apartments and first-floor retail.

But CRS President John E. "Skip" Cerio said economic considerations prompted the company to shrink "The Williams" to three floors and about 20,000 square feet, with 12 apartments, covered parking and no commercial space. The estimated cost is about $3.5 million.

CRS on Tuesday completed its $230,000 acquisition of 8 S. Long St. The company plans to tear down the homes at 8 and 20 S. Long and build there, without using 5353 Main St. as initially proposed.

The village Zoning Board of Appeals is set to review the project at its meeting Wednesday, Jan. 17. Cerio said he hopes construction can start in April.

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