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January 22, 2013

Meadow Drive project nearing reality

Tonawanda News — As the city continues to wade through years of legal wrangling in attempts to move a Meadow Drive expansion project forward, the city attorney will inform the North Tonawanda Common Council of progress made on the endeavor tonight.

Attorney Shawn Nickerson said he mailed out a deed to one of three owners of a 9,800 square-foot parcel on Monday. Two others have already signed to approve the sale. 

A release form was also sent to judgment creditors in New York and Buffalo, who may be the last roadblock in bringing the project to fruition. 

The agencies continue to seek compensation for two liens on the property, though Nickerson said the $3,000 sale price on it would be vastly less than the figure sought.

If all parties oblige the city’s request, construction on the Meadow Drive expansion will begin in March. If holdups persist, the city will continue on with condemnation proceedings already launched. 

Nickerson is hoping that will be a last resort.

“It’s either door number one or door number two.” he said. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed.” 

 A portion of the planned project designated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation as wetlands has also been remedied, with a reclassification of the area.

The project, which has been on hold for years, is intended to ease traffic congestion on a growing commercial corridor along Erie Avenue that has been exasperated by the addition of Walmart.

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