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PANEL OKS FUN PARK, SHOWROOM

The Cattaraugus County Planning Board is recommending that the Olean Planning Board approve an 8-acre amusement park and a 2,300-square-foot building supply showroom and warehouse at 1702 Constitution Ave.

The county Planning Board members found no problems with the city's two zoning referrals after hearing brief presentations Thursday night from Olean Community Development Director John Sayegh and both applicants.

Both projects are scheduled for public hearings March 12 before the city's Planning Board.

Eric Biscaro of Armor Building Supply Co. said his company intends to build on the pie-shaped lot near the county office building at the northeast end of Constitution Avenue.

The outlet will deal exclusively in roofing, siding, windows and doors. Also planned are two warehouse storage buildings on the site. Sayegh said parking and green space exceeds city requirements. Armor Building Supply already operates outlets in Canandaigua and Batavia.

Dennis and Karen Cornell's Forness Family Fun Park proposal hinges first on the Olean Common Council's approval of a $50,000 revolving loan fund and the city Planning Board's approval of a site plan and special-use permit. The Council may consider the loan request as early as Tuesday.

The special-use permit is necessary because a portion of the property, at the rear of 800 E. State St. near city-owned softball fields, is in a water conservation district.

If all approvals are granted, the first phase would include an 18-hole miniature golf course and a concession area. Later, two go-cart tracks and six batting stations would be constructed. Construction cost could exceed $250,000.

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