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CHEEKTOWAGA ORDERS ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY TOWN BOARD ACTS ON WAREHOUSING, OFFICE PROPOSAL

The Cheektowaga Town Board has ordered an environmental study in connection with a proposed warehousing and office development on a 23-acre site off Genesee Street.

The board called Monday evening for Sonwil Distribution Center Inc. to submit an environmental study addressing how the project would affect emergency access, traffic, drainage, and adequacy of utilities.

Sonwil Distribution Center has applied for a rezoning of the tract at the southern terminus of Sonwil Drive from residential and apartments to light manufacturing.

A rezoning request to permit a 32-unit apartment development at 3700 Broadway, west of Old Indian Road, drew little comment at a hearing.

Louis Marini is seeking a rezoning from general manufacturing to retail business for the project. The town Planning Board recommended the retail business zoning category because the apartment category would place more restrictions on use of adjacent land, Salvatore LaGreca, board chairman, said.

Richard Zydel of 3693 Broadway expressed concerns about traffic and drainage. He asked that access to the eight four-unit apartment buildings be from Ellicott Street rather than Broadway. LaGreca said it would be unreasonable to deny the owner use of nearly 400 feet of frontage on Broadway for access.

The Town Board reserved decision.

The board approved a rezoning of a house owned by Marie Koch-Haniszewski at 603 Borden Road from residential to apartments.

Ronald S. Marten, chief building inspector, who said at the hearing Nov. 19 the structure has been illegally converted to a two-family house, withdrew his objections to the rezoning.

"There were some games played," but the conversion occurred before the town banned two-family houses except in areas zoned for apartments, he said.

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