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Hamburg negotiating with Iskalo for sale of old fire hall

Hamburg village officials are looking to sell the old fire hall on Buffalo Street to Iskalo Development Corp., the same company that is renovating the Hamburg Village Square.

The Village Board authorized Mayor Thomas Moses Sr. to negotiate with the company for the sale. The village consolidated its two fire halls into one at 301 Union St. about 14 years ago.

It sold the former fire station on Long Avenue for $85,000, and has tried to sell the 199 Buffalo St. hall with little success. The 0.43-acre parcel has 100 feet of frontage on Buffalo Street and 47 feet of access alone Pine Street, and contains an 1,800-square-foot brick building. It is zoned commercial.

The village is leasing the former fire hall to Nunn’s Automotive for an auto repair facility. Because of the redevelopment of the commercial business area, the village was interested in the development of the property to "its highest and best use,” according to a statement issued when it was looking for proposals for the property last year. It had been looking for a residential only, mixed-use or commercial only project, but did not receive any proposals.

The village was contacted about the property recently by Iskalo Development, Village Administrator Donald Witkowski said.

"We want to move forward," he said.

Witkowski declined to say how much the village is asking for the parcel, saying the price is to be negotiated.

Iskalo bought the nearby Village Plaza for $8.25 million four years ago, and is in the midst of a major redevelopment of the 93,000-square-foot plaza.

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