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Blasdell Village Board members liked what they heard and saw Wednesday of plans for a new CVS Pharmacy at South Park and Lake avenues, replacing a smaller CVS nearby on South Park.

Matt Casey of the Zaremba Group of Cleveland, the developer, outlined plans for the 12,000-square-foot facility on the southeast corner.

Two existing buildings, the Blasdell Bowling Academy and Johnnie's Porta-Signs, will be demolished to make way for the store.

Casey said a preliminary study shows there is contamination of the soil and the possibility of underground gasoline tanks from an earlier use of the site but the problems "don't look like show-stoppers."

It will be up to the state Department of Environmental Conservation to determine how much cleanup has to be done, he said.

Plans call for construction to begin in the spring and the store to open next fall.

"I like the project; it will be a plus to the village," Mayor Ernest Jewett said, although it will leave an empty building where the current store is.

The property is about one-third in the village and two-thirds in the Town of Hamburg so town approval also is required.

Jewett suggested the village look into annexing the entire site for simplicity of police and fire protection, and Village Attorney James Shaw said he will write a letter to the town suggesting that.

However, Shaw said CVS might object because it would have to pay village taxes on the entire parcel.

On another matter, Village Administrator Janet Plarr told the board that Blue Cross Blue Shield informed her Wednesday that it plans a 14.75 percent rate increase next year.

As much as the village tightens its financial belt, "some things are out of your control," she said.


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