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Board discusses proposed Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart is looking to expand into the Town of West Seneca, with plans for a 110,000-square-foot store to be located on Mineral Springs Road.

Town Attorney Timothy J. Greenan told the Town Board on Monday night that the retail giant has submitted a site plan and building drawings for the store to the town's code enforcement officer.

Because the property is properly zoned, it may not require approval from the Town Board or the Planning Board, Greenan said. However, it will need to go before the town's Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance it requested.

The proposal also will be subject to environmental review, he said.

Town Supervisor Paul Clark said the town would make sure there is full adherence to any and all environmental requirements but said the proposal was in its preliminary stages.

"We're a little unsure about the proposal yet," he said.

The Town Board voted to ask the town's planning consultant, Wendel Duchscherer, to assist the code enforcement officer and the Zoning Board of Appeals in their review of the application, Greenan said.

He said this was "in order to ensure that any and all appropriate review of the potential environmental impacts of the project be considered under the State Environmental Quality Review Act."

Greenan said he expects the matter probably will not go before the Zoning Board before the end of February. The town's code enforcement officer has not yet reviewed the plans, he said.

The proposed site is on Mineral Springs Road between Harlem and South Ogden and is currently zoned manufacturing. It was previously owned by Oak Grove Construction.


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