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Way cleared for vote on condo project

State and federal agencies have approved the drainage impact of a giant condominium project off Beattie Avenue, clearing the way for the town Planning Board to vote on the site plan next week.
At a work session Tuesday, Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon and Town Planner Andrew C. Reilly told the board they had received word from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the plans for the 139-unit Cedar Creek subdivision, to be developed by David L. Ulrich, meet the requirements for flood plain insurance, wetland protection and other drainage issues.

Donner Creek runs through the 92-acre site, and that creek has been blamed by the town for flooding in nearby residential backyards. But Klavoon said his calculations agree with those done by the consultant Ulrich hired.
Asked if the project, with its large retention ponds, will improve the Donner Creek situation, Klavoon told the board, "The answer to that is no. I can't make water run uphill without pumping it."
The ponds will drain into Donner Creek through discharge pipes 8 to 12 inches in diameter. "Is this discharge going to make things worse? I would say no," Klavoon said.
Since the project is, so to speak, Donner Creek-neutral, Reilly said he is preparing a declaration of negative environmental impact for the board to act upon Tuesday.
If the site plan is approved, the project still has other hoops it must jump through. Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman said the Planning Board still would have to approve the engineering plans, which Klavoon said will reflect Ulrich's plan to construct the project in phases.
The condos will be constructed as patio homes on separate lots. The plan includes 12 large single-family homes to be built along Beattie Avenue. Reilly said some of them will need driveways allowing cars to turn around or exit into the subdivision, to avoid having to back onto heavily traveled Beattie Avenue.
On another topic, Phil Perna, president of the Lockport Tops Market, and architect Robert Dollman presented plans for a Tops Express convenience store and gas station to be built across South Transit Road from the supermarket.
The site to be purchased by Perna from Warner T. Tucciarone at 5846 S. Transit Road currently is occupied by a small house, which Perna said may or may not be vacant. It is located between a dentist's office and a State Farm insurance office.
The gas pumps will be located under a canopy behind the Tops Express store, Dollman said. They will be served by two underground fuel tanks, one 20,000 gallons and the other 10,000.
That project will be discussed further at next Tuesday's board meeting. Other projects introduced to the board Tuesday for future consideration include:
* A 63-by-70-foot greenhouse behind the existing greenhouse at Faery's Plant Market, 5970 S. Transit Road.
* Two new 30-by-200-foot storage buildings at Southtown Storage Center, 6404 Robinson Road.
* A proposal by David Mongielo, owner of Auto Specialties on South Transit Road in Pendleton, to move his auto repair and retail business to the former NAPA Auto Parts store on Robinson Road.

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