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Let's Go Back for Jan. 13, 2012

by jmaloni
Fri, Jan 13th 2012 06:00 pm

40 Years Ago, Jan. 12, 1972

Ground breaking for Isle Manor

The Crowley Development Corp. of Buffalo announced approval by the Area Director of the Department of Housing and Urban Renewal Frank D. Cerabone for the building of an 80-bed, skilled nursing unit on Grand Island Boulevard in the Town of Grand Island. ...

The Grand Island Manor will be built by Inducon Construction Corp. ...

The two-story building will have a total area of 38,000 square feet and will contain 10 private rooms and 70 semi-private rooms. (It will be fully complete by November of 1972.)

30 Years Ago, Jan. 8, 1982

Arias topples Nastase

Jimmy Arias, Grand Island's touring pro tennis player, defeated veteran star Illie Nastase 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday evening in Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium before a crowd estimated at more than 2,000.

Arias started out very slowly, losing the first set. After the match, Jimmy was to explain that he was pretty nervous playing in front of his hometown fans and friends.

The second set was different, as Arias broke Nastase's serve and went on to win 6-4. In the third, the 17-year-old Islander kept the pressure up. His passing shots had Nastase on the run, wearing the 36-year-old Romanian down and taking the match 2-1.

For Arias, the victory over a name player in front of his friends was very satisfying. And for the tennis fans in this area it was a chance to see a budding superstar who calls Grand Island home.

20 Years Ago, Jan. 17, 1992

Acquest develops Isle Commerce Center

The Grand Island Commerce Center, long in the planning stage, is on the way to becoming reality.

Acquest Properties Inc., developers of the 144-acre industrial park, has begun marketing property, now that a sewer district in the area has been approved by the Town Board.

Located between Long and Bedell roads, west of the Thruway, the center can accommodate up to 1.5 million square feet of space, offering tenants various options.

"We are looking for a mix of 50 percent office, 25 percent light manufacturing," Gary R. Ekis, Acquest executive vice president said. It is hoped the first phase of infrastructure, including 1,100 feet of roadway, will be installed this spring, he said.

10 Years Ago, Jan. 11, 2002

Board to make decision on airstrip

Grand Island residents will have to wait an additional two weeks for a decision on the proposed Mesmer Airstrip. Town Supervisor Peter McMahon assured attendees Monday night a decision will come at the Jan. 22 Town Board meeting. ...

However, only a handful of residents headed toward the exits. Others remained to voice their opinions during the public comment portion of the agenda. ...

"I ask you, our elected officials to do what is right for the safety of this community and deny this private airstrip," said Ann Marie Schneider.

If the special use permit is approved by the board, it would enable Robert Mesmer to construct a private airport at his 2548 Love Road property and would allow Mesmer to use up to two private planes, once or twice per week. The Planning Board has already recommended denial of the proposal.

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