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Village of Lancaster to see two new traffic circles

A mixed-use development is expected to increase traffic in the village. Two roundabouts are coming to help alleviate traffic issues.

LANCASTER, N.Y. — The Village of Lancaster is getting ready to blossom. 

"Some exciting things are really happening here in the Village of Lancaster," said Village of Lancaster Mayor William Schroeder.

A vacant parking lot near Aurora Street and Pleasant Avenue will soon be an extension of West Main Street and become a mixed-use development.

"... to put approximately 65 thousand square foot of mixed-use space, retail space, and upper apartments and we're looking to really develop that into a walkable community, shops, places to eat," said Glassco Management owner Tom Sweeney.

 "There will be areas where people can shop and walk and dine," Schroeder added. "Just enhance our central business district."

Sweeney will be developing the four acres of land that has been sitting vacant for 40 years.

"We're thinking the project will take anywhere from 24 months to 5 years," he said.

Mayor Schroeder says traffic can get congested on Central Avenue in the village. In order to prevent traffic issues from getting worse, the village will be installing two new traffic circles.

"All the traffic gets funneled through here and in about a half hour from now you're going to see traffic backed up for blocks because that's the way it is, the roundabouts should alleviate a lot that," said Schroeder. 

"The roundabouts will be at Central Avenue and Pleasant Avenue and Pleasant Avenue and North Aurora Street," he added.

The village received $3.1 million from the state for the project. The roundabouts are expected to be in place within two years.

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