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Lackawanna land sale clears way for Family Dollar store

A Family Dollar store will be developed on vacant land in Lackawanna that the city has agreed to sell for $90,000, ending a battle for the land.

The city's sale of six parcels at Ridge Road and Wasson Avenue to Durbin Acquisitions became official Tuesday when Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski signed the ordinance that City Council had approved Monday.

"I like the project because it brings the Family Dollar to the First Ward," said Szymanski. " It brings affordable groceries to an underserved area – since we're having a difficult time bringing in a grocery store."

Twice in late 2014, the City Council approved transferring the property to the Yemenite Benevolent Association but the mayor did not sign the ordinances. Representatives of the Yemeni association and the Second Baptist Church each believed their organization was entitled to buy the property from the city. Second Baptist Church, which abuts the property, submitted a bid at a public auction in 2002, but the sale was never finalized.

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