BATAVIA — A Batavia businessman has agreed to sell some property he has near BJ’s Plaza and he said Wednesday night that there would be a business coming in there.
Jerry Arena, owner of Jerry Arena’s Pizzeria, said he had some “exciting news” when he spoke during the Town Board’s meeting, though he said he wasn’t able to give much detail.
“I signed an agreement today with a corporation for business which I can’t say … in BJ’s Plaza to create jobs,” he said. “I’ve paid taxes on that land for a long time. It’s land that I own on Arena Parkway, but it’s facing BJ’s Plaza.”
Arena said he’s been negotiating with someone for about six months.
“We finalized the deal today, so we’ll come back to you (the town),” he said. “It’s a commercial property and they’ve got a big lot size. We’ve got some jobs and we’ve got some sales tax revenue coming in.”
Arena said he cleared the property off to make it more presentable. The town came in and cleaned out a ditch, he said. The person Arena met with told him the property was perfect for what they wanted to do.
“They’re happy about it because there’s not going to be a lot of fight in and out of Lewiston Road. They’re going to be regulated by the intersection light and their customers can get in and out,” Arena said.
After leaving the meeting, Arena said he was not at liberty to talk about the buyer of his property, with whom he had signed a purchase agreement. He said there would be a business coming in.
“Any business would create jobs. It’s not going to be a lot of jobs, but it creates the sales tax,” he said.
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