Lawsuit Slows Verizon Plans in Niagara County

November 16, 2010 Updated Nov 16, 2010 at 1:10 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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November 16, 2010 Updated Nov 16, 2010 at 1:10 PM EDT

SOMERSET, NY (WKBW) - A lawsuit was filed Monday that may slow plans to construct the proposed Verizon data center in Niagara County.

A woman who owns land across from the proposed site has filed suit against the Town of Somerset and other agencies, claiming state and local officials have circumvented laws and regulations in an attempt to lure the massive project to the area.

The suit complains that officials maneuvered through and around environmental and land use laws, while not allowing for proper public input on the proposed project. It also asserts that the incentives offered are too high.

The project proposes to build three large buildings to house a massive data center over one million square feet of land.

Proponents of the project say it will bring in good, high-paying jobs to the region while having leaving a positive economic footprint on the area.

The first hearing on the lawsuit is set for January 12.