ELLERY - Call it razing for roadway.
Hoping to expand parking and access to Ellery Park, town officials there are requesting a transfer of the former Vullo's Restaurant along Route 430 from the county's property interest. If acquired, the town would demolish the abandoned and tax-delinquent property to make way for additional parking space.
"Over time the population of that park, due to the amount of sports that goes on there, has become more and more of a problem," said Vince Horrigan, R-Bemus Point, who is sponsoring a resolution for the acquisition. "It will really relieve all the congestion problems. ... It's just a very good move."
Vince Horrigan, R-Bemus Point, is sponsoring a resolution to transfer land occupied by the former Vullo’s restaurant to the town of Ellery. The transfer would allow the town to expand access and parking to the Ellery Town Park.
P-J photo by Eric Tichy
Horrigan said he was contacted by town officials to help acquire the property, and after surveying the empty restaurant and adjacent park he said he would be willing to push a resolution within the legislature.
And with the risk of injury due the amount of sports taking place at the park, Horrigan noted that it is important to have expanded emergency vehicle access.
"Any time you have sports there's a risk," he said.
The eight year-old 25-acre park, open from April through November, has a one-mile walking track, three tennis courts, two basketball courts, five soccer fields, two Little League baseball fields, one softball field and one football field.
According to the resolution prefiled with the legislature's Administrative Services and Audit and Control committees, the condemned property, located at 2953 Route 430, in Greenhurst, has been cited for "various code violations."
"The town will incur substantial expense in the demolition of the condemned abandoned restaurant," the prefile states. "... and will thereby remove a deteriorating eyesore while at the same time improving the town's adjacent public park facilities."
The town's asking price of $17,500 exceeds the highest bid received at a recent county auction for the property.
"The building is an eyesore and we need to get rid of it," said Arden Johnson, Ellery town supervisor. "If we ever get it, we would demolish it and expand parking."
Vullo's Restaurant closed without warning in March 2009. In a statement to The Post-Journal at the time, the owners said the closure was due to "economic conditions" that slowed spending conditions.
''Vullo's has provided the community a unique dining experience six days a week for over 20 years. It was just time,'' representatives said.