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March 5, 2013

Former Ava's Place to be sold, though previous owner will appeal.

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Siford, however, said he would have been able to pay off his back taxes and have a nest egg for he and his mother if the initial deal went through with Soemann, but will instead file an appeal in Rochester, where he believes he would get a more equitable ruling. 

“It’s going to take the a lot of the political influence out of it,” Siford said. “When we weren’t paying our taxes we knew this day could come, but my mother was in the hospital with cancer.” 

Siford did not know when a appeal would be filed, while Nickerson said he would request that any appeal taking place would proceed with the backing of a $95,000 bond sponsored by Siford. 

Soemann told the Tonawanda News in January that he plans to gut the building for commercial space that fits with the growing boutique-style business in the downtown corridor and that he planned to convert an upstairs apartment into an upscale living space. 

“Now we have a buyer who has a plan,” Nickerson said.

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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