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>Several changes proposed in building, zoning codes

SILVER CREEK -- Several issues were raised Monday night at the Hanover Town Board meeting about proposed changes to zoning and building codes that would pertain to residential areas in Hanford Bay, Irving and Sunset Bay.

Among the questions was a proposal to change the wording of "lots of record" and refer to vacant lots as "buildable" if they meet newer size requirements. Some older vacant building lots were only 40 feet wide but new regulations require a 60-foot width.

Also noted was a change that would prohibit any building higher than 30 feet from ground level. Accessory buildings, including garages, would have to be no higher than 18 feet.

The changes also would require that new construction be at least five feet from a property line.

Front building requirements would be measured from the edge of the pavement on the roadway. The current law measures from the right of way.

Supervisor Kathy Tampio told residents they are welcome to take additional questions to the town Planning Board meeting at 7 p.m. next Monday.

No action was taken on the proposed amendments. The supervisor pledged further review.

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>Grant to fund research in Medical Campus

WASHINGTON -- The University at Buffalo, Cleveland Biolabs and Roswell Park Cancer Institute won $1.5 million in new federal stimulus aid from the National Institutes of Health for research projects, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced Monday.

The money will go to a variety of researchers studying staph infections, cancer, liver transplants and other topics.

UB researchers will share $745,831, while Cleveland Biolabs will get $458,512 and Roswell Park will get $300,451.

"Researchers here in Western New York are practicing top-notch breakthrough medical science and their good work is recognized through these grant awards," Higgins said.

"This funding is being used to develop tomorrow's treatments and cures while supporting good-paying jobs at facilities in our community."

This is one of several stimulus grants awarded to researchers on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus this year.

Just last Friday, Higgins announced a separate $568,066 award for research at Roswell Park and UB.

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