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2018-02-07 / Front Page

Developer seeks to build mixed-use structure, apartments

Board sets rezoning decision for March 5
by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor

The Town Board on Monday unanimously agreed to set a decision date of March 5 to vote on a request to rezone a 2.68-acre parcel on Transit Road.

During a public hearing regarding the requested rezoning of 10800 Transit Road, which is near Dockside Village and between Millersport Highway and Dann Road, the petitioner, Rane Property Management, is seeking to build a two-story mixed-use building and one three-story apartment complex on the property.

According to the proposal, the two-story structure is about 8,700 square feet and the three-story unit is about 11,000 square feet. The developer is asking the town to rezone the land from Suburban Agriculture to General Business and Multifamily Residential to accommodate the plan.

No one from the public spoke either in favor or in opposition to the request.

While the Planning Board issued a declaration that the development would not have a negative impact on the surrounding environment, the panel put forth a site plan condition that recommends Batting work with the state Department of Transportation and the town Traffic Safety Board regarding access to Transit Road and Dockside Parkway.

In another matter, Council Member Deborah Bruch Bucki withdrew a resolution that sought to create a chemical dependency task force. The withdrawal was made after concerns about the task force’s scope were discussed by the Town Board during its work session prior to the regular board meeting.

Council Members Jacqualine Berger and Shawn Lavin believed that some key organizations and governmental bodies were not cited as being asked to serve on the task force.

“I think we are missing some stakeholders, such as the Erie County Health Department,” Lavin said. “I want to be sure that they are committed to the task force before voting to approve it.”

Bucki’s resolution stems from a September Town Board meeting when, during a public hearing, several speakers suggested that a task force be created to address issues raised from a chemical dependency treatment clinic planned to open at 210 John Glenn Drive off Commerce Drive near Dodge Road.

Prior to their decision to base the clinic on John Glenn Drive, Catholic Health sought to open the facility at 910 Millersport Highway, which would have abutted the rear of residential properties on North Ivyhurst Road. The building would also have been about two-tenths of a mile from the northwest corner of Garnet Park, which caused nearby homeowners to raise concerns regarding safety and property values.

Bucki said it would be the task force’s goal to prepare, evaluate and revise any local laws — including the zoning code — to address the opioid addiction epidemic while promoting public safety and preserving the quality of life.

The council member said she would address the issues noted by her fellow Town Board members and strengthen the verbiage of the resolution so that it may be reviewed by the panel next month.

Also set to be decided by the Town Board on March 5, the Historic Preservation Commission is seeking to designate the Hamlet of Getzville as a historic district. According to Megan Brinton, chairperson of the HPC, the hamlet is linked to German Americans as the first settlers in the area.

The Town Board’s next regular meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Council Chambers at the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

The meeting will be preceded by a 4 p.m. work session.

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