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The City

June 28, 2012

LL Drive housing renewed

CITY OF TONAWANDA — Negotiations are now back on line with a developer interested in erecting scores of homes along Little League Drive in the City of Tonawanda.

Following Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor’s Assistant Sam Iraci showed members of the council a color plan for the 16-acre site between Two Mile Creek Road and the dead end at Rogers Avenue.

As many as 56 lots of varying sizes (with the smallest being 7,500 square feet and others at least twice that size) are being discussed with developer Natale Builders of Western New York for the strip of land flanked by Fletcher Street and the baseball diamonds.

None of the proposed work, however, has been finalized in any way and the land has not yet been sold to Natale, Iraci said as talks continue mostly behind closed doors.

Still, the project that was delayed last year over disagreement on the council over the cost of installing water and sewer infrastructure remains a priority for Mayor Ron Pilozzi and the council at large.

“I want to move this as fast as we can move it,” Council President Carl Zeisz told colleagues during the update on Tuesday. “My goal is to provide new housing to people in the city and get as much out of it as possible.”

Iraci said the next step from the city’s perspective is to bring the council up to speed on the still-evolving plans before forwarding the specifics to the city’s planning board for consideration.

Next an environmental impact assessment taking into account almost every nuance of the plans and public input would be needed, among other things, before such a project could realistically begin.

Iraci, however, said making the development a reality would involve selling the now city-owned land to the developer, and that homes would be built as buyers become available, in a two-phased development designed to generate $13 million in new property taxes for city coffers over six years.

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