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Lancaster

NorthPoint Free Will Baptist Church soon will have a new and permanent home on Columbia Avenue.

The church bought the Town of Lancaster’s former emergency management building, which also has served as the Depew Library. The $355,000 transaction was finalized last week.

The town has been relocating its emergency management operations to its Pavement Road complex, where police and court operations formerly were housed.

For the church, which has only been in the community for three years, the new location on Columbia is significant. “We now own the building and it’ll be our permanent home,” said Rev. Brian Williams.

The church has been leasing space at 11 W. Main St., which is owned by the Community Development Corp. It will remain there through the end of this year.

The church plans to move to the Columbia Avenue site by Jan. 1, after completing renovations to add classrooms, build a stage area and other interior work, Williams said.

Town Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli, who initially opposed selling the building to a church because that would keep it off the tax rolls, said recently that he changed his mind. “The offer was very substantial, so we thought it was in the best interest of the town to sell it, and forego the taxes,” Fudoli said.

This week:

• Today is the last day of the season for Lancaster Market, which sells locally grown food and handcrafted products. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4913 Transit Road, in the parking lot of Lancaster Lanes.

• The Village Board has a work session at 6 p.m. Monday, followed by a regular meeting at 7, in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.

• Zonta Club of Cheektowaga-Lancaster is holding its third annual “Shopping and Sweets Nite” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. Admission fee is $5, which includes a sheet of tickets for the basket raffles, as well as refreshments. More than 25 vendors will be present.