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Cutaia completes purchase of Immaculata Academy property

Two months after the Hamburg Planning Board approved the project, developer Anthony Cutaia is taking a step forward with his plans for a new housing development on the site of the former Immaculata Academy by acquiring the property.

Cutaia, through The Oaks at South Park LLC, bought a 27-acre property at 5138 South Park Ave. from the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamburg, paying $1.55 million, according to documents filed with the Erie County Clerk's office.

The land includes the 46,500-square-foot former school building, erected in 1953.

Cutaia, owner of Rane Property Management LLC, plans to develop a 152-unit housing project on the site, to be called The Oaks at South Park. That's reduced from the original 184 units, following feedback from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about wetlands, according to minutes of prior Planning Board meetings.

It would feature a series of two-story buildings, each with eight units per building, while a portion of the vacant former school would be converted into a community center or clubhouse. Also included are stormwater ponds, open space for residents, 566 new trees and 988 new shrubs.

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