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The Village of Lancaster is located in the Town of Lancaster, both of which are suburbs of the city of Buffalo, New York. Located approximately 10 miles east of Buffalo, New York, the Village of Lancaster is home to over 12,000 people.

The Village of Lancaster is a ten minute drive from the Buffalo/Niagara International Airport and from the New York State Thruway. Western New York's Amtrak station is located in the neighboring village of Depew. Lancaster is serviced by the NFTA Metro Bus system, offering service to Buffalo and many other suburbs. It is also only few minutes drive away from Buffalo/Niagara's largest shopping mall, the Walden Galleria, and is home to many amenities


The Village of Lancaster is governed by a Board of four trustees and a mayor. The village government works in conjunction with the government of the Town of Lancaster to provide many services to the residents of the village. The village board meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 8:00 pm at the Municipal Building (at right) located at 5423 Broadway, at the southern terminus of Central Avenue. Also located in the Municipal Building are the Village Clerk's Office, the Village Court, the Village Attorney's Office, the Village Prosecutor's Office, the Special Events Office and one of several halls of the Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department.


History of the Village of Lancaster (History provided by Stanley J. Keysa, Esq.)

The Village of Lancaster Historic District has one of the richest concentrations of buildings, commercial and residential, of significant architectural value in Erie County, New York. To preserve this rich diversity, application was made to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to be recognized as a historic district. The village of Lancaster Historic District was thus sanctioned.


Historic preservation is a powerful economic generator. The increase in the tax base and creation of new jobs in preservation districts are real and significant benefits of preservation activity.

Historic preservation builds community pride and preserves values. Preservation activity results in the intangible benefit of linking the preservation of buildings with the preservation of community values. Pride is strengthened.

Historic preservation becomes part of community planning. Historic preservation can work with local government to strengthen a commercial core while retaining a community identity.

Article excerpt courtesy of the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Village of Lancaster has embraced it's past as it celebrates a bright future. Maintaining the historic integrity of the village was at the core of the recent Central Avenue Streetscape Project which rehabilitated the business district with new cobblestone look wider sidewalks to create safer pedestrian areas, marble curbs, and historic lighting. Additionally, new landscaping and seating areas were created.

The project was awarded 1st Place in the Main Street Award category by the 2004 New York State Conference of Mayors.