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Springville may demolish three distressed properties

Three distressed properties may soon be demolished in the Village of Springville.

The Village Board authorized Michael R. Kaleta, code-enforcement officer, to apply for funding to raze three structures Monday night.

If funding is provided by Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corp., or BENLIC, vacant single-family homes at 128 and 134 Waverly St. and 110 S. Central Ave. would be demolished.

Mayor William J. Krebs described the buildings as “distressed.”

“Each of those has been a problem for many years,” Krebs said.

The cost has not yet been determined, he said, but BENLIC officials plan to discuss the issue at a meeting by the end of the month.

If the village destroys the buildings, it may acquire both of the Waverly Street properties to create a parking lot for the rails-to-trails path that it plans for that area.

Village officials have been negotiating with Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad for the property next to the tracks.

In another matter, officials announced that BENLIC may sell the former Springville Hotel to Kevin M. Farner, who owns Springville Lanes at 53 W. Main St. The former hotel sits unused next to the bowling business.

“That would get the land back into use in our village,” Krebs said.