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Today in City Hall

By Jill Terreri

Plans for a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at 2106 Elmwood Ave. call for the popular fried chicken chain to open at the end of October, though not enough Planning Board members attended today's meeting to approve the plans. 

The restaurant will be located in front of Aldi, and will have a drive-thru. Board members said they didn't expect any reason why the board wouldn't approve the project when it meets in two weeks, presumably with enough board members to take a vote.

Butterwood Sweet and Savory and Pan-American Grill, both at the Hotel @ Lafayette, made requests for outdoor patios, and the board seemed inclined to approve them. Savoy, at 149 Elmwood Ave., between North and Allen streets, made a similar request.  

Mount Aaron Baptist Church, at 540 Genesee St., is planning an expansion to accomodate its growing congregation. Board members said they think the improvements will be good for the neighborhood, which is southeast of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. 

Council committees also meet today, with light agendas. 

In other news, Buffalo Public Schools' graduation rates fell below 50 percent, reports Sandra Tan. 

And the Buffalo Police Department's South District is evicting bad tenants in an effort to clean up the neighborhood, reports Jane Kwiatkowski. 

Finally, construction season is underway and streetscapes and new pavement are planned for Lovejoy, and elsewhere. 

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Jill Terreri

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