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Warehouse needs action on status, official says

LOCKPORT -- A company running a warehouse on Akron Road will need a variance to buy the property and continue operating, said Richard Forsey, town Planning Board chairman.

The AFP Group stores and distributes fire sprinkler systems and parts at 6746 Akron Road, a small building formerly owned by Franbilt, the defunct welding company. It sits across the road from what had been the main Franbilt plant, which First Niagara Bank took over last year through foreclosure and sold at auction to a Cheektowaga company.

"They've been there for a year and a half and nobody knew it," Forsey said. AFP now wants to buy the building from FBLT Real Estate, but needs a variance or a special-use permit, since warehousing isn't allowed in a B-1 zone, Forsey said.

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Corwin announces slate of constituent meetings

Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, R-Clarence, will begin a series of constituent meetings Saturday with appearances in Middleport and Lockport.

Corwin will be in the Royalton-Hartland High School auditorium, 54 State St., Middleport, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. She will hold another open forum from 2 to 5 p.m. that day in the North Park Middle School auditorium, 160 Passaic Ave., Lockport.

On Feb. 28, Corwin will hold forums from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Iroquois High School cafeteria, 2111 Girdle Road, Elma; and from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Alden Intermediate School auditorium, 1648 Crittenden Road.

Corwin's final forum of the winter is set from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7 in the Clarence Middle School cafeteria, 10150 Greiner Road.

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