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Boy Scout building construction near

Construction on a new Boy Scout headquarters in Cheektowaga could start next month on Genesee Street near Harlem Road.

Plans for the building, which have been in the works for several years, were revised from a two-story to a one-story structure because of the increase in the cost of materials, particularly steel, said Nan W. Ackerman of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council board.

"We are an organization that has to raise money," she told Cheektowaga Town Board members this week after they approved the amended site plan.

"It was a two-story; it went to one story because of funding issues," said Robert Marinucci, assistant Scout executive and adviser to the building committee. "It became apparent with some of the economic issues in Western New York we weren't going to have enough money for a two-story."

The original cost was estimated at $2.2 million, and the cost to build the new design is $1.8 million.

While the building is losing the second story, it is not losing as much space, because it does not have to have an elevator and stairways. The usable space will be about 90 square feet less than the original design, Marinucci said. The new building will be 12,600 square feet and have a slightly larger footprint than the original plan.

That's still much larger than the 3,500 square feet in the cramped offices on Maryvale Drive.

"We're using every inch of it," Marinucci said, adding there is a trailer behind the office building that is used for storage.

The new building at 2860 Genesee St. will house offices, conference rooms and the Scout store.

"From a customer service perspective, we're going to be better off," Marinucci said.

The Boy Scouts are leasing the property, which includes 15 acres to the rear of the new building, from Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Ground could be broken sometime next month. If the weather cooperates and construction can continue through the winter, the new building could open next June, Marinucci said.

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