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The Town Board Tuesday rezoned about three-quarters of the 97 acres at 6332 S. Transit Road to commercial property from two-family residential for construction of a church and some related facilities.

The property, owned by John H. Hufnagel, is being sought by members of the Victory Christian Center, now at 120 Main St., Lockport. The congregation has more than 700 members, said R. David Hulse, a member of the pastoral staff.

The current church seats only 450, he said, which means there are two services on Sundays.

He would not say how much the facility would cost. It would consist of a day-care center, educational area and sanctuary/fellowship hall in the first phase. The other two phases of construction would include baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a senior citizen residential complex for assisted care living, a Christian bookstore, and a restaurant.

In addition, the complex would include a family-life center, gymnasium, cafeteria, conference center and a covered atrium, he added. The recreation fields would be open to the public.

The congregation also runs the Victory Christian Academy at its Lockport address.

Hulse said that once the church membership purchased the property, it would take one to three years to build the first phase.

No one from the public spoke for or against the plan.

In another matter, the board rezoned a portion of 50 acres on the south side of Donner Road, about 2,043 feet west of Transit Road, to light industrial from two-family residential.

Joseph R. Fallon, vice president of industrial real estate for Gurney, Becker & Bourne of Buffalo, said his company does not have anything in particular lined up for the property, but is looking to develop the property.

The land is currently owned by Francis Ferland. Fallon said he plans to look for manufacturing and light shipping clients to be placed at the rear of the property, and to put office space in the front.

The board chose CID Refuse of Chaffee as the town's new garbage collection service, including the collection of recyclables and large trash items. The company is giving the town a price of $141 per unit, or a $30 drop from the current price by Browning-Ferris Industries.

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