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July 13, 2009 - 11:35am

City of Batavia to sell 19 acres to town for joint facilities location

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

The City of Batavia will go into the real estate business tonight, considering a proposal to sell 19 acres of land to the Town of Batavia for $150,000.

The land could serve number of needs for joint facilities, including a potential location for a Genesee County Chamber of Commerce facility, maybe the visitors' center, according to Town Engineer Steve Mountain. who spoke with WBTA this morning. 

Previously, Assemblyman Steve Hawley pushed through legislation in Albany that would enable Elba, Oakfield and both the town and city of Batavia to share a court facility.

The 19-acre location is on the south side of Park Road near Oak Street.

The City Council meets tonight in Council Chambers at 7 o'clock.

UPDATE: Curious about the Chamber of Commerce plans, I called Steve Lockwood, chamber chairman, who replied via e-mail: "There is no item on the City Council’s agenda that involves the Chamber.  I have no comment to make."

Peter O'Brien
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So the City gets smaller(making the government less powerful), the courts get combined and we lose all incentive not from Albany to merge. I like it.
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If consolidation is so popular in the town, why buy land that would be owned by them in a year anyway? Why would the town consider a consolidated courts with Elba or Oakfield? They are town courts, and we would be a City Court. Or, have they figured out they need more time to bring the Town on board with consolidation?

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