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A new business is expected to open soon in the vacant Firehouse Five Pizzeria at 221 Central Ave.

The Dunkirk Local Development Corp. had foreclosed on the property, and a sale was held on Sept. 26. Executive Director Patrick Wawro reported to the development board that the corporation was the only bidder, at $5,000.

The board moved at a special meeting Friday evening to sell the property for $5,000 to Casimir Piglowski and David Banach, both of Dunkirk. They must pay all back taxes and water bills on the property.

The purchasers did not make public the kind of business they expect to open. It had been a steakhouse before being converted to a pizzeria.

Since the property is within the central business district, harborfront district and historic overlay district, the owners will have to secure plan approvals from the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Harborfront Commission and Common Council.

"It's good to have the business open, have the property back on the rolls," Board Member Adelino Gonzalez Jr. said.

Third Ward Councilman Paul Van Den Vouver added, "They're two local guys getting back in the area. They're putting money back in the area."

Councilman-at-Large Frank Gawronski noted "They have faith in the city and the downtown area."

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