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Rite Aid will try again to buy a small piece of city owned property in order to build a store in Brooklyn Square.

Buffalo attorney Carl Paladino, representing the drugstore chain, went before the City Council during a work session Monday night and assured the Council the chain will actively market its building at Third and Main streets. The building will be left vacant when the new Brooklyn Square site opens.

Council Member Philip Morris, D-Ward 2, said: "That shows me that Rite Aid recognizes our concerns about the future of that downtown location. Clearly, Mr. Paladino went back to Rite Aid and said 'they have a point, and let's try to deal with it.' Frankly, it is in their best interest and (the city's) that the building remain and that it be filled."

Rite Aid wants the small city parcel to add to the Brookwood Restaurant property it plans to buy and demolish. Paladino said once final site plan approval is granted, construction could get under way in the spring.

The Council's Finance Committee scheduled two budget work sessions, both at 7 p.m., today and next Wednesday. Chairman Andrew Johnson said the panel will start by reviewing revenue figures.

Mayor Richard Kimball has proposed a 12.9 percent tax hike for 1998, but Johnson has called that "unacceptable."

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