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A total of 15 local not for profit organizations are said to be interested in acquiring the former Cristina’s Restaurant property on Ellicott St.
Charles Brumsted tells WBTA today he has asked all 15 to submit a letter of commitment by the end of the week.
Brumstead said he plans to give the property away, including a 5,000 sg ft. shell of a building that once housed the banquet rooms of the popular restaurant. He expects to narrow the list of agencies down to five by the end of the week.
Brumsted says he will  base the decision largely upon how the agency will use the property to benefit the community at large.
The City of Batavia has lodged nine code violations against the property. The city said the title to the property could be transfered but the code violations deadline would also transfer to the new owner.
Brumstead maintains that the resolution of the code violations and his desire to give away the property "are completely separate issues."

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