Tonawanda News

The City

September 19, 2012

LL Drive debate renewed

(Continued)

Tonawanda News —

The sale price quoted publicly for the parcel is far less than the appraisal. 

Although Zeisz said multiple times he understood the worries of the residents, he said the revenue from the development is needed in the city. 

“Where are we supposed to get additional tax revenue if not houses and buildings?” Zeisz said. “If we don’t, it will come from us.” 

And there are still some who like the idea of new housing in the area. 

“I am interested in buying a house there,” Steve Kazprzak said. “I can’t think of another area, a block away from the water and the park. It’s a great spot to start a family.” 

Zeisz responded to the majority of comments — but wasn’t able to give residents definite answers as nothing has been decided with Natale yet. Mayor Ron Pilozzi remained silent throughout the public comment portion of the meeting. 

“I can’t sit here and say for sure that it is even going to happen,” Zeisz said. “A year ago I said it was dead because there wasn’t enough support from the board then, but I can’t say that now.”

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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