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Lancaster CDC takes no action on W. Main St. proposal

The village of Lancaster's Community Development Corp. met Wednesday but did not award a contract to a group of investors who submitted the only proposal for development of nearly five acres of property on West Main Street.

Details about the proposal by Revitalize Lancaster, a group with ties to the CDC's former longtime legal counsel Mark S. Aquino, were not publicly discussed by directors of the agency at their meeting. After meeting for about 15 minutes behind closed doors, board member Robert Dimmig gave a brief update, saying that the agency is looking for more information from the developer about its proposal to buy or lease the agency-owned site.

"We will be asking for additional information in order to move forward," Dimmig said. Responding to questions from a reporter, Dimmig said, "I'm sorry, I don't have any comment right now beyond what I mentioned."

The board met in executive session "to discuss the process of the request for proposals," agency president James B. Allein said afterward.

Allein declined to answer questions about potential negotiations with Aquino's group, nor would he say anything about a timetable.

The Lancaster village clerk has denied a Freedom of Information request from The Buffalo News for a copy of the proposal submitted by Aquino's group in response to a request for proposals issued by the CDC.



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