Niagara Gazette

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July 24, 2013

While Hamister watches, council majority refuses to move project forward


Niagara Gazette — Choolokian has said that he wants Hamister Group to pay more for the land.

Hamister said that would be a deal breaker.

“If they even want $300,000 or $400,000 from us for the price of the land then they need to find a new developer,” Hamister said. “I am history. I will withdraw. That is not the deal I proposed and, just as importantly, that is not the deal I negotiated in good faith.”

Hamister said that if council members had issues with the price of the land they should have raised them when the deal was first brought before them, not after the company had already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars preparing to begin work.

“It should have been an issue placed upfront, not at the back end when we’re about to hire architects and put a shovel in the ground,” Hamister said. “That’s not the way that development happens in any community on the entire east coast of the United States where I’ve been developing for 36 years.”

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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