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Council delays vote on sale of hospital parcel

The City Council isn't quite ready to sell a 19-acre parcel of the former Veterans Administration Hospital to the Town of Batavia for $150,000.

Council members at a special meeting Monday night decided to postpone a vote on the sale until their next business meeting.

Town Supervisor Gregory H. Post said that when approved by the Council, the town will use the land for a new court facility. The Park Road site is near several hotels and close to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office headquarters.

Town courts in Elba and Oakfield also could use the facility. All three courts have deficiencies in space or accommodations for jurors.

Part of the vacant site deeded to the city several years ago is to be used by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Lynn N. Freeman said a year-round tourist center will be part of the new court structure. The site is adjacent to the Batavia Thruway exit, making it accessible to tourists.

Freeman said that a seasonal kiosk in the Holland Land Office Museum will probably be moved to a site near the heavily traveled Pembroke Thruway exit, used by many motorists to get to Darien Lake Theme Park.

The Council also set Oct. 11 and 24 for public herings on a state Small Business Assistance grant of up to $100,000 to offset start-up costs for Save-a-Lot.

The grocery store will occupy most of a downtown building vacated several years ago by another grocery chain, Latina's.

The store would create 20 to 25 jobs and restore convenient shopping for residents of the downtown area.