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Rotarians hear plan for Central Corridor

BATAVIA -- A 10-year, multimillion-dollar Batavia Central Corridor Project affecting retail, housing and industry was outlined last week by two city officials at the Rotary Club luncheon.

City Manager Matthew W. Coppler and Edward M. Flynn, community development director, described plans that could affect areas in one-fourth of the city, from downtown to an industrial area a mile away.

With 93 percent of downtown retail space in use, the project would turn to underused city-owned parking lots where buildings could be erected. An effort will be made to maximize manufacturing space, which would include light industry and commercial ventures.

Rotarians were told that the plan, which relies on federal and state assistance, should increase the property tax base and create jobs.

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