Officials with the federal Department of Veterans Affairs likely will reveal in late February or early March whether they have chosen a site in the town as the future home of a national veterans cemetery.
The department has been considering three options – the 123-acre, vacant Eastport Commerce Center industrial park, at Walden Avenue and Pavement Road, and two parcels in Corfu, Genesee County – and last fall selected its preferred location.
A title search and environmental testing were completed, but an initial cultural resources examination revealed the need for a more in-depth archaeological survey of the still-secret preferred site, according to the department.
This further archaeological investigation of the site should take 45 to 60 days to complete, weather-permitting.
Depending on what is found the department either would move to complete the purchase of the property or, if any serious roadblocks rise up, move on to its second- or third-choice options.
“The VA should move as quickly as possible towards building a national veterans cemetery in Western New York, and luckily they heeded my advice to pursue more than one site so any potential snags don’t further delay the overall project,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., whose office has been deeply involved in the cemetery project, said in a statement to The News.
Before the property changes hands, the department will release its draft environmental assessment of the site and allow 30 days for public comment on the document. That’s the point when the public will learn the identity of the preferred cemetery site.
Also this week:
• The Town Board holds its first meeting of 2013 at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave. The meeting is preceded by a work session at 7.
• The town Industrial Development Agency holds its organizational meeting for the year at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in Town Hall.
• The village Historic Preservation Commission is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.
• The town Zoning Board of Appeals is set to meet at 8 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall.