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>Temporary building halt in commercial areas OK'd

The Elma Town Board unanimously voted Wednesday evening to impose a moratorium on construction in commercial zones for 12 months, with the possibility of extending it for two additional six-month periods.

The moratorium is expected to put a hold on plans to build a big-box Rite Aid drugstore at Bowen and Bullis roads.

"Some growth is necessary," Councilman Dean Puleo said, "but to avoid a choppy development, we need to take a step back."

During a hearing that preceded the vote, all of the speakers expressed support for the measure, appreciation for the rural character of the town and opposition to the Rite Aid plans.

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