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Residents of the Perrysburg-Gowanda-Dayton area and government leaders in those communities have begun a search for some public or private enterprise to make use of the 170-acre J. N. Adam Developmental Center campus due to become available in 1993.

The facility will be abandoned by the state March 31, 1993.

Developmental center personnel have begun planning for the shifting of 180 patients to community residences, some in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area and others in the Cattaraugus-Little Valley area.

Linda Danahy, spokeswoman for J. N. Adam, said that community homes with a capacity of up to 12 patients each will be located near two community centers to be built in the two areas.

"We have identified one site in Chautauqua County, and we are waiting for the Legislature there to declare the property surplus," Ms. Danahy said. "That may happen in January."

She said that $29 million is the estimated cost of building the new community homes and centers.

That compares with a $27 million estimate for the rehabilitation of the existing J. N. Adam facility that since 1912 has served successively as a tubercular recovery center, a branch of Gowanda Psychiatric Center and since 1978 as a branch of the state office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

Two J. N. Adam officials, Deputy Director James Boothby and Business Manager Donna Deet, are the chairman and co-chairman of the new Alternate Campus Use Committee.

The committee plans to meet regularly, with the next session planned for Wednesday evening in the Haus Tablick Restaurant. Its initial meeting was attended by the supervisors of Perrysburg, Persia, Dayton and Collins, the mayors of Perrysburg and Gowanda, chambers of commerce and other J. N. Adam officials.

An early step in the search will be to prepare an inventory of existing facilities. Supervisor Cindy Lauer and Mayor Leonard Fuller III, both of Perrysburg, said that their constituents would favor most potential uses of the grounds.

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