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The East Aurora Village Board has hired a new environmental engineering consultant for a maximum of $29,000 to analyze contamination found in a former auto body/collision shop that is being renovated into the new Aurora Senior Citizens Center.

The board hired Conestoga Rovers Associates, one of three bidders for the work. The firm has been hired to review previous engineering work done on the Oakwood Avenue building, as well as recommend a cleanup plan, provide cost estimates for the cleanup and negotiate with state environmental conservation officials to get a remediation plan approved.

The state is mandating cleanup of petroleum- and paint-related contaminants found in August in two floor drainage tiles toward the rear of the building. The village owns the building, which it is leasing to the town. The town has been forced to stop contractors from further renovations to the building until the contamination problem is rectified.

Village officials last week said the center's opening could be delayed until early next year. It had been planned to open in November.

The project setbacks associated with the contamination and remediation are expected to cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Board OKs plan for East Aurora bistro

An East Aurora commercial development company that is proposing an upscale, 112-seat bistro in a Main Street home dating from the 1800s received the go-ahead this week from the Village Board on its development plan.

The board's approval, however, hinges on Aurora Venture Properties, the developer, receiving a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals on parking spaces for the restaurant at 687 Main St.

A public hearing on the project drew limited comment Monday night, though a merchant was concerned about any impact on the parking lot of his Main Street store.

Only seven spaces are available at the back of the house that formerly housed a clothing/bridal boutique. Because the property is zoned commercial, two parking spaces are required for every five restaurant spots, bringing the minimum parking to 45 required spaces.

Tour of East Aurora homes set for Oct. 2

The Aurora Adult Day Care Center will sponsor a tour of homes in East Aurora from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2 as a fund-raiser for the nonprofit community organization.

A variety of styles from contemporary homes to homes of historical significance, as well as fall gardens, will be featured.

Check-in information and maps will be distributed at the Roycroft Inn on the day of the tour. Proceeds will be used for program activities to directly benefit the participants at the center. For reservations, call the center at 652-4269 or 652-4133.

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