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Lakewood, Busti May Have Missed Opportunity

February 2, 2014
By CARA BIRRITTIERI ( , The Post-Journal

Many town residents are concerned over a possible missed opportunity to bring together both the village of Lakewood and town of Busti offices under one roof. They are continuing efforts to communicate to both the village trustees and the town council members their opposition over Busti's plan to purchase 125 Chautauqua Avenue, also known as the Tordella's building. This is a prime section of retail space directly across the street from the popular Lakewood Apothecary. Unfortunately, at the last Lakewood village meeting, citizens concerns, though well communicated, failed to result in a clear understanding of the facts. One Lakewood resident spent a considerable amount of time contacting an architect to estimate the cost of renovating the Lakewood village municipal building so that the town of Busti could move into the ample unused space. The idea is simple: put both the town and the village in one building. It is not a question of space. There is plenty available. It is also not a question of funds. Busti expects to receive approximately $300,000.00 after selling its current building to Jamestown Credit Union; and plans on spending reportedly another $100,000.00 in renovations.



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