The Village of Williamsville has received an offer of $450,000 for the old Williamsville Water Mill on East Spring Street.

The owners of Sweet Jenny’s – the popular village sweet shop currently leasing space in the historic mill – submitted the formal purchase proposal earlier this month, and are awaiting a decision by the Village Board.

“We can be as patient as they want with the closing, but we would really like them to get under contract with us,” said Howard Cadmus, who owns Sweet Jenny’s with his wife, Tara. “If they want to negotiate, we’re willing to negotiate.”

The village – which rescued the property from foreclosure in 2005 for $450,000 – is pleased by the offer, but isn’t ready to jump at it just yet.

While officials don’t want to drag out a decision on the 1800s-era building, they want at least a few months to hear other offers, decide on the best use for the parcel and determine whether the two adjacent buildings on the property can be sold separately from the historic mill.

“The future of the mill is going to be decided by April,” said Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa. “That’s our goal.”

“Frankly,” Kulpa said, “I think we’re going to get a couple more offers.”
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