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May 6, 2015 - 6:33pm

GCEDC to consider assistance for rail company

Press release:

The Board of Directors of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) will consider a project from Depew, Lancaster & Western Railroad at its May 7 board meeting.

Depew, Lancaster & Western Railroad is planning to purchase additional equipment to include one specialized forklift and two track vehicles for servicing truck and rail service at the transload warehouse facility in the City of Batavia. The projected capital investment is approximately $118,000. The company has applied to the GCEDC for a sales tax exemption of $9,512.

The GCEDC Board meeting will take place at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. Meetings are held at the Innovation Zone Conference Room at MedTech Centre -- 99 MedTech Drive, Batavia, on the first floor, across from Genesee Community College.

david spaulding
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have they ever refused ?

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Not in recent memory, David. I believe this entity also received a huge incentive a couple of years ago to replace aging railroad ties. Does anybody know of any Batavia businesses serviced by this railroad other than the transfer station on Evans street primarily used by Eddie Arnold?

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I worked directly across the street from the transfer station for 2 years - literally a few feet from the rail line. Not once did I see it used for anything but scrap metal. Not once.

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When I was in the warehouse for the story above, there were a lot of boxes of something inside (and a lot, about 2/3, of empty space). Outside was a big, big stack of fence poles. Also, Graham uses the line a lot.

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