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November 15, 2013

Site draws zero bids

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The City of Lockport did not receive a single proposal for development of a seven-acre piece of property where a condominium project was abandoned several years ago.

Tuesday was the deadline to submit bids for development of 501, 503, 505 and 507 Park Lane Circle, where the Victorian Village condominium project was started in 2006. It was abandoned a year or so later after the developer ran out of money.

The city did receive a letter indicating some interest, but it’s unknown if that’ll lead to anything, said Chuck Bell, the city’s director of planning and development.

“We started with a tight circle of local parties, quality builders in the region,” Bell said. “We’re a little surprised.”

Now, the city’s property maintenance committee, made up of Bell, the chief building inspector, the director of engineering and public works, the city treasurer and the mayor, will decide what to do next.

Those choices could be to send out another Request For Proposals with a broader search or auction off the land, Bell said.

According to the Request For Proposals, the “R3” or multi-family zoned property consists of four separate lots, consisting of 7.37 acres, with a combined assessed value of $199,400. Water, sewer, electric and gas hookups are in place. Lot 501 contains a four-unit apartment house that’s presently uninhabitable because of water in the basement and mold throughout the structure.

That structure was the only one of 20 proposed condo buildings that Lockport Condominium Development LLC was able to raise. Once it was built, the developer couldn’t pay his contractors and the project collapsed. The city took possession of the four lots in 2012. 

The Request For Proposals shows the section of city zoning code that spells out the purpose and permitted uses of R3-zoned land. In addition to two- and three-family dwellings and apartment houses, permitted uses are: planned unit developments, private clubs, nursing homes, churches, rooming houses, bed-and-breakfast residences, hospitals and sanitariums and day care centers.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.