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Lockport IDA orders study on rock layers in industrial park

LOCKPORT – The Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency voted Thursday to conduct a study on how close underground rock layers are to the surface within the unsold portions of the town’s industrial park.

Wendel, the engineering firm from Amherst, is to be paid $10,300 for the “geotechnical analysis,” IDA Executive Director David R. Kinyon said. The study is expected to start immediately and take about five weeks to complete.

The closer bedrock is to the surface, the more difficult it becomes to construct a building foundation, Kinyon said. The IDA has 30 acres available in the industrial park, although it is seeking to quadruple that amount by seizing neighboring property from General Motors through the use of eminent domain power. The action has been upheld in court, but the sides have yet to agree on a price. The IDA is willing to pay $546,000 for 91 acres with no restrictions on its use; GM has offered to give the town 120 acres for free if the town will agree to environmental restrictions.