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Building boom in town continuing

The Town of Batavia, which has far outpaced the city and other Genesee County towns in commercial and residential construction in the past decade, is poised for additional growth in the coming year.

Wellsville Carpet Town, doing business as Ashley Furniture Homestores, is nearing completion of a 75,000-square-foot assembly and distribution center. About 50 employees currently are on the job in what is the first construction in the Genesee Economic Development Center's Gateway II Corporate Park.

Nearby, the initial Gateway Corporate Park serves as home to Customs and Immigration Service's Federal Detention Center, a Kraft Foods warehouse and two new hotels -- the Comfort Inn and Hampton Inn.

The newer corporate park is near another growth area, West Saile Drive, which leads to Genesee County Airport.

With an expansion and improvement program completed at the airport, a half-dozen businesses and warehouses have sprung up. Among them is Vantage Equipment, a dealer in Volvo construction equipment, and a Harley-Davidson center. Other recent arrivals on the new Veterans Memorial Drive are Home Depot and Office Max.

On the drawing board are plans to convert the Wal-Mart into a supercenter, featuring a supermarket, among other services. Site preparation is under way. The project was delayed for months because of lawsuits filed by area residents.

Next year could bring a new retail complex on Veterans Drive, where plans for Towne Center of Batavia have been approved by the town Planning Board.

The strip mall currently has three tenants, Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond and PetCo. Completion is scheduled for early 2008.

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