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January 27, 2010

CITY OF LOCKPORT: CrossPoint Chapel opening satellite location downtown

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“We plan to be there for the foreseeable future,” he said. “We really want to invest in downtown Lockport.”

Church occupation of downtown real estate will affect redevelopment of nearby properties. According to state liquor law, no business may obtain a license to sell or serve alcoholic beverages within 200 feet of a church or school.

Since Ulrich City Centre began hosting weekly, summertime Canal Concert Series in 2008, city leaders have tried casting an image of downtown as the city’s “entertainment district.” The Palace is viewed as part of that.

So, conceivably, is property a block north of the Historic Post Office: The old Jubilee market building acquired by Lockport Ice Arena & Sports Center, for development of an ice arena/recreation facility. According to LIASC Chairman John Ottaviano, CrossPoint siting throws into question the outfit’s tentative plans to have a small bar area for adults.

When Christian Academy of Western New York operated from 120 Main St., an old mall, city officials said that also had a discouraging effect on certain types of businesses locating downtown. Any licensed liquor-serving establishments opened before the school located there were protected, but new bar-type businesses could not be opened near it. CAWNY left downtown last year.

CrossPoint’s Lockport satellite location will be its third “campus,” according to its Web Site. It is also the sponsor of Renovation Church on Hertel Avenue in Buffalo.

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