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WHEATFIELD -- The new owners of the Bell Aerospace Textron facility have been granted a three-year reduction in their property assessment.

Town Assessor Willis Retzlaff said the reduction cuts the assessment of the property from $9 million to $6 million for the 1998 tax rolls. The owner, Wheatfield Business Park LLC, filed the request on Aug. 6 with the Board of Assessment Review, he said.

Under the terms of the agreement, the assessment drops to $5 million in 1999 and $4 million
in 2000.

The 113-acre site on on Niagara Falls Boulevard includes 1.85 million square feet of office and industrial space. Retzlaff said the company plans to develop the property and lease it for industrial use.

2 admitted after separate accidents
WHEATFIELD -- Two people were admitted to Erie County Medical Center on Tuesday with injuries suffered in separate accidents, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Robert J. Drumm, 40, of 1475 Jamaica Square, North Tonawanda, and Tara A. Leavell, 23, of 2634 Pleasant Ave., Lakeview, were listed in fair condition, a hospital official said.

Drumm, traveling east on Lockport Road, was injured at 9:35 p.m. when his car was apparently struck by another car which was making a left turn from Lockport Road onto Nash Road, Deputy Antonio DiGregorio said. Samuel J. Bucolo, 83, of 761 Revere Ave., North Tonawanda, the driver of the second car, was released after treatment for facial injuries at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, a hospital official said.

Ms. Leavell was injured at 1:46 p.m. when her car, entering Lockport Road from Hoover Road collided with by a car driven by Matthew W. Kay, 22, of 2716 West Ave., deputies said. Kay was released after treatment at Lockport Memorial

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