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Planners OK Wal-Mart expansion

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Planning Board Thursday night recommended approval of a site plan for Wal-Mart Supercenter at the retailer's West State Street location in the Town of Allegany.

But their recommendation came with conditions.

The project is scheduled for an Allegany Planning Board public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the Robert Livingston Community Center on Route 417.

Developers have requested adding a grocery section and rear storage, and expanding the garden center, for a 75,000-square-foot increase from the store's current size of 127,000 square feet. The plan also includes the demolition of some buildings in a nearby plaza and changes to Dan Eaton Drive, one of two Route 417 access roads to the complex.

County Planner Paul R. Bishop recommended that town planners attend to pedestrian access issues and possible access road connections linking shopper traffic to COR Development's proposed University Commons retail and business development just to the west of the proposed supercenter.

Planning Board Member Charles Couture suggested requiring parking lot signs directing traffic to exit at the mall intersection, where there is a traffic light.

Bishop asked board members to attach several conditions to their approval, including a ban on the future addition of gas pumps and limiting traffic to right-turn only when entering West State Street (Route 417) from Dan Eaton Drive, and ensure access for delivery and emergency vehicles on the west side of the building where expansion is planned.

Board members voted unanimously to recommend site plan approval, along with requested variances:

Reduction of parking spaces from 2,110 to 1,804 for the entire plaza, which includes BJ's and a theater complex, and from 1,055 to 922 spaces on the portion of the parking lot leased by Wal-Mart.

Reduction of a 40-foot rear setback on the north side of the building to 15 feet; reduction of a 35-foot side setback on the west side of the building to 20 feet; and reduction of the parking space size to 9.5 feet by 18 feet, from the 10 feet by 20 feet, which is the standard requirement.

The board also refused to consider a special-use permit request for Rick's Tally-Ho, an adult men's club, on commercial property on Route 219 in the village of Limestone. Board members cited zoning restrictions.

Planner James H. Isaacson said the proposal is within 1,000 feet of the Limestone Methodist Church, 45 residences and is adjacent to a state juvenile detention facility.

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