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BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | February 07, 2013

LANCASTER- The former Colecraft Building, located at 3949 Walden Ave., will soon no longer be town property and this has many residents smiling. After 10 years, a purchase that has created disagreements and hostility in Lancaster, the Lancaster Town Board unanimously approved the sale during Monday’s night meeting and the deal with Erie Engineered Products, Inc., is set to close in October.

Erie Engineered Products, Inc., a company based out of North Tonawanda, has purchased the 74,352 square foot manufacturing and office building for $1.4 million.

“This has been 10 years coming for myself and some of the residents and I’m sure some of the board members,” said Depew resident Daniel Beutler. “I’m glad to see that 3949 Walden Ave., will be used again and be on our tax rolls.”

In 2003, officials purchased the building for $1.6 million, intended to renovate it and turn it into a new police headquarters and court facility. The purchase led to a lawsuit filed by residents against town board members, which led to delays.

Since then, the building has been used to house the detective bureau and store equipment for various entities.

In spring of 2011, it was announced that the building was no longer a viable option for the town; therefore, a brand new building would be built at 525 Pavement Road.

The next step for the town became to sell the Colecraft building, an eight acre site, and Pyramid Brokerage was hired in August.

The potential sale to Erie Engineered Products Inc., was publicly announced in December. The company will be transferring its manufacturing of reusable shipping and storage containers manufactured from steel, aluminum, and vacuum-formed plastics, to the Lancaster facility.

Town of Lancaster Council Member Mark Aquino said there are some contingences in the contract, but overall it is a good contract and there are several hurdles they still have to overcome.

Before the meeting Monday night, the town board, along with members of the planning board, held a State Environmental Quality Review session, in which a negative declaration was found in regard to the resale of the property.

In other town news:

• Town of Lancaster Supervisor Dino Fudoli announced from a letter received from the assessor that all filling for renewal of STAR Exemption the deadline is March 1.

• The board appointed Diane Terranova to deputy registrar in a 4 to 1 vote, Fudoli objected.

• The board also appointed Christian Rice to a part-time recreation attendant.

• The board authorize the purchase of one 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV for the police department in the sum not to exceed the country contract price of $30,794 minus the trade-in allowance bringing the total amount to $27,294.

The next Town of Lancaster Board meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the town hall, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster.

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