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The state Department of Labor notified the Depew Village Board Monday that it will close the unemployment insurance office located at 6301 Transit Road and open a new community service center at the Transitowne Plaza in

A representative of the Labor Department wrote to the village that the Depew location has "several deficiencies" while the Transitowne site will offer better access to public transportation, sufficient parking and could service more people.

The center will combine the Job Service Office, which is already located at Transitowne Plaza, with the unemployment office to offer residents various support services at one

Trustee Michael Rusinek said the village has received no timetable for the move.

In other business, Mayor Arthur Domino authorized the village attorney to meet with representatives of Bella Vista Group Inc. and Citizens for a Greener Depew to discuss a land offer they made to the village.

The parties have agreed in a proposal to offer the village about 5 acres south of French Road if the village develops them into a passive recreation area. If the village accepts the parcel, the homeowners group will pay Bella Vista $12,000 for expenses.

"I think everyone is aware that the village is willing to accept the proposal," Domino said. "I think we can come to some accommodation."

The mayor added that his only concerns were drainage in the area and committing funds to a project at a time when the village is losing state aid.

In August, the Bella Vista Group met opposition from the homeowners group when the company wanted the land rezoned for a 17-duplex development. The homeowners group then made the recreation area proposal to Bella Vista as an alternative to the duplex plan.

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