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DEADLINE SET ON VACANT SCHOOL

The Dunkirk Planning Board gave the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo until Sept. 1 to complete the job of securing the vacant Cardinal Mindszenty High School and adjacent mansion.

The Planning Board Wednesday night was briefed by Steven Roth, who is supervising the project for the diocese.

The board also decided that the windows along the school fronting Central Avenue should be covered with Plexiglas. Roth said an added advantage to the Plexiglass is that some light would enter the building. Many of the widows at both the school and mansion are boarded up and painted.

Roth said the diocese is still negotiating with Bella Vista Associates of Bowmansville, which proposes buying the old school, which has been vacant since 1979, and developing housing for senior citizens.

In other matters, the board approved facade improvements for the Mirage Building, 405-409 Central Ave., which is in a historic overlay zoning district.

Sean Heenan, who hopes to purchase the building, intends to open 407 Central Ave. for a tavern called Rosie O'Neill's. Other sections of the building would house a sports bar, jazz club or banquet room.

Work is scheduled to begin next week, with the opening scheduled for early fall.

Planners also reviewed the proposed Lake Winds development. The developer, Fred Gregory, proposes 80 homes on 31 acres of land overlooking Lake Erie east of Otter St. in the First Ward.

His plans show five cul-de-sacs and two streets that lead to Lake Shore Drive East.

Gregory said he wants to sell lots along the lake bluff first, and expects lots, about 100 by 106 feet, to cost about $20,000. Houses would cost $90,000 to $110,000.

The developer is asking that the city install water and sewer lines and streets.

"I want to see the Common Council and the Planning Board get behind this plan," he said.

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