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Buffalo man buys house requiring residency at Lockport auction

LOCKPORT - A Buffalo man whose company has purchased foreclosed property at past City of Lockport auctions was the high bidder Tuesday on a house in which the city is requiring the winner to live in for at least three years.

Asked by a reporter if he lives in Lockport, winning bidder Chuck Collura said, "I do now."

Collura bid $16,000 to win a house at 62 Hillcrest Drive, which the city had set aside as a special auction lot at its annual tax foreclosure auction.

City officials said they were attempting to strengthen the neighborhood by using special rules requiring the high bidder to live in the house or turn it back to the city. It was the first time Lockport had used such a provision in its auction.

Another featured house in the auction catalog, a 6,500-square-foot, 10-unit apartment house on Washburn Street, was withdrawn from the auction after the current owner redeemed it by paying $6,783 in back taxes.

Treasurer Sue A. Mawhiney said the total of the winning bids for the 26 parcels sold in the auction was $290,000.



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