The West Seneca Town Board on Monday night tabled a request to rezone property on West Avenue after a number of residents from a neighboring condominium complex raised concerns about the change and its effect on their neighborhood and property values.
Dan Riedy, who owns the property at 395 West Ave., requested the change from a residential to a manufacturing designation in order to build a storage facility for construction vehicles.
"I don't want this guy here," resident Robert Sullivan told the board. "I don't need it in my back yard."
Sullivan was one of more than a dozen residents who spoke out against the rezoning. Some pointed out that the street is "entirely residential" and that the change was unfair to all the residents.
Riedy said that he was willing to work with them but that he could go ahead and build the facility on another part of his property that's already zoned manufacturing and wouldn't need Town Board approval.
If the property in question is rezoned, however, Riedy would have to live up to stipulations handed down by the town Planning Board, which recommended approval.
"Even if we vote this down tonight, he could still do this," Councilman Christopher Osmanski said.
The board will reconsider the request at its next board meeting Nov. 29. In the meantime, town officials suggested the residents send representatives to meet with Riedy and try to work out a compromise.
"I think Mr. Riedy is trying to be a good neighbor," Councilman Craig J. Hicks said. He recommended the neighboring residents give Riedy and the condominium association a chance to get together and try and work out a compromise.
In other business, the Town Board welcomed new Councilwoman Christina Wleklinski-Bove to the board after she was sworn into office prior to the meeting.
Wleklinski-Bove recently was elected to serve out the remainder of the term of former Councilman Timothy Wroblewski, who was elected to the Erie County Legislature last year.