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A full environmental review should be launched before any development occurs at a long-dormant site in Perrysburg, according to Buffalo Common Council members.

City lawmakers are expected to take the first step Tuesday to try to make the Council the lead agency for launching the environmental study.

The effort has won the backing of a new citizens coalition that is pushing for extensive public input in any plan to develop the former J.N. Adam Developmental Center site. The state owns the 650-acre property in Cattaraugus County, but the city retains reversionary rights.

In January, the Council blocked the state from selling the site to a logging company after environmental questions surfaced. Others claimed the sale price was too low. Buffalo would have received 90 percent of the money, or $333,900.

Council members met last week with an environmental law expert and citizen activists. Julie Broyles, a spokeswoman for a group called Friends of J.N. Adam, said plans should include extensive public input. Broyles lives in Erie County, but her family owns property near Perrysburg.

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