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Delta Sonic will be building another car wash complex in Cheektowaga.

The Town Board approved the necessary rezoning Monday night after the developer agreed to road improvements on heavily traveled Losson Road and other conditions.

The facility will be built along Transit Road, just south of Losson Road, next to Taco Bell. Part of the 14-acre parcel -- 6.32 acres -- was rezoned from commercial to motor service.

A number of residents opposed the project at a public hearing in August because they were concerned about an increase in traffic and noise in the area.

The developer will provide a conservation easement to the town for about 2.5 acres to protect and maintain trees and open space along the west and south property lines. An additional 1.79 acres next to the conservation area will remain as an undeveloped buffer as long as Delta Sonic operates the facility.

There also were improvements made for pedestrians within the complex and by connecting public walks along Transit and Losson. To improve traffic flow on Losson, the center turning lane will be extended from the easterly Losson Road driveway to a point between the westernmost driveway and Benz Drive.

The facility would cost between $2 million and $2.5 million to construct and would employ 110 to 120 people, according to Delta Sonic.

The complex will have a 7,600-square-foot single-bay car wash with an accessory convenience store, gas pumps, 4,700-square-foot detail shop and a 4,100-square-foot oil and lube shop.

Council Member Thomas M. Johnson Jr. said a plant to generate electricity would not be built.

The project also includes a 28,000 square-foot retail building that would be divided into small shops of 3,000 to 5,000 square feet. That building needs a separate site plan approval and would be built when a majority of tenants have been secured.


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