Land Purchase To Appear On Salamanca’s Special Ballot

SALAMANCA – Voters in the Salamanca City Central School District will have a second proposition on the March 11 special ballot. After extended executive session discussions recently, the board has decided to move forward with the purchase of an adjoining parcel of land.

According to Superintendent Robert J. Breidenstein, the parcel, located at 608 Broad St., will be on the ballot for purchase at a price not to exceed $41,000. The lot, mostly vacant, measures 98.3 feet of frontage on Broad Street, with 80.5 feet of boundary on the Salamanca City Central School District property at 50 Iroquois Drive. The lot is approximately 380 feet long, and is owned by Michael Zarzecki of Olean.

With the district having closed one of its elementary buildings, leaving Prospect Elementary as the only separate campus in the district, Breidenstein and the members of the board of education have charged architects with the conceptual and design phase for a single campus to house all students in the Salamanca district.

“As of right now, the lot would be used for green space acquisition and future development or use,” Breidenstein said. “We have no specific plan as of now, but if approved, it would factor in the kindergarten-through-12 concept designs currently being explored and planned.”

The proposal will be on the ballot with the proposal to sell the former Seneca Elementary School to the Seneca Nation of Indians for $950,000. The Seneca Nation has proposed to use the facility for Early Childhood Learning Center, as well as other educational and office use.