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WEST SENECA BOARD BUYS SITE FOR SOCCER COMPLEX

The West Seneca Town Board Monday voted to pay $120,000 for parkland, set Nov. 17 to receive bids on demolition work for a second park and ordered the building inspector to be more diligent in getting land near the former Seneca Mall cleaned up.

The board agreed to spend $120,000 -- $43,000 in town funds and $77,000 in grant funds -- to buy 43 1/2 acres on Seneca Street from Charles V. and Charles C. Kopp to build a soccer complex.

The board set Nov. 17 to open bids on demolition of four buildings on the former Madison Wire site on Indian Church Road. The town has state funds for the demolition.

When completed, the seven-acre parcel will become the first brownfield in Western New York to be converted into a neighborhood park, with picnic areas, a walking trail and more than 200 new trees.

Councilman Christopher P. Walsh expressed concern about the site of the former Seneca Mall. "What are we doing along Slade Avenue? It is a disgrace," he said, citing boarded-up houses, tree trunks and debris left after Pyramid Cos. razed the mall.

"I've notified Pyramid that they had to take care of the debris," Building Inspector William Czyprinski said. "I believe they'll go to bid in two weeks on the debris."

Czyprinski admitted that the site has been a problem even though "we tried to bend over backwards to accommodate Pyramid when they were building."

"I say we bent over far enough," Walsh snapped. "They ought to be brought into court."

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