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Today in City Hall

By Jill Terreri

Good morning, 

Today will be an especially busy day in City Hall, as the Planning Board and the Common Council discuss new projects and the city's capital budget for 2013. 

The Planning Board starts at 8:15 a.m. in Room 901 and will review plans for a new Catholic Health headquarters and new PUSH Buffalo apartments - some rehabs and some new builds - on scattered sites on the West Side. 

Other Planning Board projects include: 

  • South Buffalo Charter School wants to re-locate at 154 S. Ogden, though the site is a brownfield. A public hearing on the site plan will be held. 
  • A public hearing on an addition to 451 Elmwood, which is Nektar, will be held. The agenda lists the business there as "Ambrosia," however. More details should be revealed at the meeting.  
  • Ellicott Development Company is looking to install new gas pumps at 1105 Abbott Road. 

In Council Chambers on the 13th Floor, the Council's Civil Service Committee meets at 9:45 a.m., the Finance Committee meets at 10 a.m.

A measure to provide seasonal sanitation workers with back wages, from Delaware Council Member Michael LoCurto, is on the agenda for Civil Service. 

Immediately following the Finance Committee, the Council will discuss the city's 2013 capital budget, as proposed by Mayor Byron W. Brown, in Room 1417.  

The Council's Community Development Committee will meet at 1 p.m. in Chambers.

The Legislation Committee, which meets at 2 p.m. in Chambers, will review plans for a scrap metal processing facility at Hertel and Military in Black Rock.

A measure to amend an ordinance relating to the Downtown Entertainment District, proposed by Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen, will be tabled, Pridgen said, because he wants to work on it more before it goes for a vote. 



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