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Batavia to host open house to discuss West Town area

Property owners, residents invited to Monday meeting

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:03 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:14 p.m. CDT
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(Eric Schelkopf - eschelkopf@shawmedia.com)
An abandoned gas station is part of the West Town area of Batavia that city officials are eyeing for possible redevelopment. The city of Batavia from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday will hold an open house in the City Council chambers at 100 N. Island Ave. to get ideas from residents and property owners about what they would like to see in the neighborhood.

BATAVIA – City officials want to hear from residents and property owners in the city's West Town area on what their vision is for the neighborhood.

The city of Batavia staff will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in the City Council chambers at the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave., to begin discussion about West Town. The area is centered at the intersection of Main Street and Mallory Avenue, and extends roughly two blocks north and south.

"It is one of the older industrial areas in the city," said Batavia Community Development Director Scott Buening. "It used to be the western edge of town, and you would put your industrial uses on the edge of town."

The area is comprised of both industries still in operation and abandoned buildings, such as a vacant gas station. Master Cast, which supplies permanent mold aluminum castings, is located at the southeast corner of Mallory Avenue and First Street. The building was heavily damaged in a March 5 fire and is set to be demolished.

The West Town area also is comprised of homes and The Elms restaurant. The city's comprehensive plan calls for a mix of uses in the area, including higher density, single-family uses, as well as industrial uses, Buening said.

"We want to know what the neighborhood wants to see," Buening said.

More information is available by visiting the city's website, www.cityofbatavia.net.

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