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THREE SUBMIT BIDS FOR FORMER FIRE HALL OFFERS WILL UNDERGO REVIEW BY LOVE CANAL AGENCY

NIAGARA FALLS -- Three bids, some of them with alternatives, were received Monday from prospective purchasers of the former Frontier Fire Hall.

The Love Canal Area Revitalization Agency is trying to sell the vacant fire hall and 60 surrounding acres, only 32 of which are owned by the agency. The redevelopment agency would buy the remaining acreage and resell it to a purchaser, if the proper agreement could be reached.

The only firm bids for the purchase of the fire hall came from Moose Lodge 838, which submitted a proposal of $150,000; and from the Socko Contracting Co. of Niagara Falls, with a bid of $161,000.

A new company, the Penetradar Corp. of Wheatfield submitted a bid of $130,000 for the hall and three adjoining lots. That firm also submitted two alternatives which included additional acreage.

One alternative would include the fire hall on Frontier Avenue and land northward to Center Street for $142,000. The other would include additional land northward to a paper street. That bid is for $150,000. The two additional properties total about eight acres.

The Socko firm submitted the only bid on the 32 acres. Its bid is $115,000.

The 32 acres are bounded by a line approximately 600 feet west of Williams Road on the east, Colvin Boulevard on the north, 102nd Street on the west and Frontier Avenue on the south. Excluded from that property is the fire hall and its adjacent property.

The 32 acres are described as non-habitable and containing wetlands.

The agency received no bids on the remaining property which is not owned by the agency.

The bids will be reviewed by the agency members when they meet in regular session at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Frontier Volunteer Fire Company, which formerly used the hall, has moved to new quarters on Liberty Drive in Wheatfield.

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