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Demolition starts at long vacant Garden Village Plaza in Cheektowaga

The eyesore that for a decade tainted a busy intersection in Cheektowaga is finally being torn down, said Diane Benczkowski, the supervisor.

Demolition began Tuesday at the vacant Garden Village Plaza on the southeast corner of Union and French roads, the supervisor said.

"I promised the revitalization of this plaza would be one of my top priorities and after countless meetings and phone calls with the developer, we are finally able to see work being done at this site," said Benczkowski.

Benderson Development will demolish about half the plaza and renovate the remaining structure into a four-building warehouse/light manufacturing complex.

The 26.7-acre site once held more than 20 commercial businesses including Hills Department Store and Tops supermarket.

In September, the property was rezoned from retail and commercial to light manufacturing.

"No resident should have to live near or look at an eyesore such as what the Garden Village Plaza became," said Benczkowski. "The vacant run-down plaza will no longer serve as a welcome sign to visitors entering our town from the south on Union Road."

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