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Both commercial and residential growth in the Town of West Seneca were up slightly in 2000 from the year before, but town officials are not impressed with the overall commercial numbers on the building inspector's annual report.

The report by Building Inspector William Czuprinski showed 24 commercial permits issued in 2000, down from 40 in 1999. However, building values increased from $7.88 million in 1999 to $9.85 million in 2000, according to the report.

"It has been an average year. We would like to see more high-quality commercial construction. We had a good amount of growth to keep the town fresh, but we aren't completely satisfied with the numbers," said Town Supervisor Paul T. Clark. "Economic development still remains a high priority in West Seneca."

Clark said the additional $2 million in commercial values in 2000 can be attributed to the development of a "Big K" format Kmart store in the former Seneca Mall area and new businesses in Seneca Square on Ridge Road.

"All it takes is one or two bigger projects to increase the values," Clark said.

Czuprinski's figures also showed a slight residential increase from $6.93 million and 51 permits in 1999 to $7.2 million and 49 permits in 2000.

Permits for multifamily homes were down from five for a total of $1.57 million in 1999 to one permit of $200,000 in 2000, Czuprinski reported.

The town in 2000 also issued permits for 258 commercial additions, 23 residential garages and 20 demolitions, according to Czuprinski.

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