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In blow to drug rehab project, Town of Lockport torpedoes land swap with city

The Lockport Town Board on Wednesday unanimously rejected a land swap with the City of Lockport at the site of a planned apartment complex for recovering substance abuse patients.

LHC Holdings, controlled by Mulvey Construction Co. of Lockport, bought 17.5 acres on Davison Road from Niagara County last year, and made an agreement with Cazenovia Recovery Systems to develop apartments for clients in the vacant former county infirmary, as well as erecting new housing. The boundary between the city and town runs right through the infirmary.

Nearby residents in both municipalities have banded together to oppose the project.

Councilwoman Patricia Dufour said the town believed Mulvey planned senior housing and patio homes, but opposition flared when the town learned the company planned "subsidized housing."

The town's rejection of the plan to transfer the entire parcel to the city means LHC and Cazenovia would need to win approvals from both municipalities, not just one. A Cazenovia spokesman was unavailable for comment Thursday.

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