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New site plans submitted by Young for nursery

New site plans have been submitted by Bryan Young for a seasonal nursery on Bullis Road.

The new plan, which calls for a smaller nursery operation, will need a new state environmental quality review before any work can be done, Town Building Inspector Joseph Colern Jr. told the Town Board this week.

That likely would push back the project 30 days, Colern said. He said the plan would shrink the project by 25 percent.

"There will be smaller buildings, but the fertilizer spray trucks, landscape and nursery stock, stones and mulch, trucks and equipment will still be at the Bullis Road site," he said.

Colern said the construction trucks for a separate business, Young Development, also owned by Bryan Young, will be parked at Houghton College.

In another matter, Supervisor Dennis Powers reported that the state Office of Historic Preservation has agreed to place a 20-acre site on Ostrander Road onto a state historical preservation list. The property, owned by the Newton and Hopper families, was added last month to the National Registry of Historical Places.

Such listings recognize the importance of properties and their history, and will provide the site with a measure of protection. The Newton/Hopper site is scheduled to be purchased by the Archaeological Conservancy's national headquarters in New Mexico, said Robert Newton, owner and Elma town historian.

The Seneca Nation of Indians put Newton in touch with the conservancy.

"Our homestead parcel is 20 acres and our neighbor Paul Clark owns the other half," Newton said. "With mine, it made up the Indian Village on Ostrander."

Clark is interested in selling a portion of his acreage that includes a three-sided ravine around the old Indian village, which included Chief Big Kettle's burial site. Big Kettle became Seneca chief in 1830, upon the death of Red Jacket.

Newton told The Buffalo News that all his life he wanted to protect the 4,000-year-old site from construction.

"It's still a virgin site, and one of the oldest sites in Western New York. The Seneca lived on the land for 200 years and I made up my mind not to let anything happen to it," Newton said. "I've been working with the Archaeological Conservancy for the past four years."