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Gas station expansion scrutinized

Cheektowaga Town Board members are taking a hard look at a gas station at Union Road and William Street whose owner wants to add a drive-through Tim Hortons doughnut shop.

"I think you're trying to put too much on that corner," Supervisor James J. Jankowiak told Frank J. Jacobson, the representative for Petr-All Petroleum, during a public hearing Monday night.

The business is asking for a rezoning from commercial to motor services for the redevelopment of the gas station.

"That is the busiest intersection of Cheektowaga," Council Member Thomas M. Johnson Jr. added.

It's also just a few doors down from another Tim Hortons at 2595 Union Road, near Losson Road.

The company had wanted to develop a carwash at the site, too, but dropped that request.

There is room for up to 16 vehicles to wait in line at the drive-through, but that includes nine in the primary line and seven in a line next to it.

"I have trouble seeing if people will use the double drive-through," Council Member James P. Rogowski said.

The board made no decisions on the rezoning or other rezoning requests that were subjects of hearings this week. Petr-All Petroleum also wants a rezoning from commercial to motor services for the renovation of the station at 5115 Genesee. A pump island would be eliminated, and a request for a drive-through doughnut shop was removed.

Shane Khanjani is asking for a rezoning from motor services to commercial to open a wood flooring store at 4646 Genesee St.

The board Monday approved the rezoning of about five acres of vacant land on Aero Drive from light manufacturing to motor services for the construction of a 22,500-square-foot sales and service building for Cummins Diesel.

The board also approved a site plan for the construction of a 162,192-square-foot warehouse/office building at 866 Aero Drive. The developer, Krog Corp., plans to cut 1,000 trees, and the town is requiring $30,000 in lieu of replacement trees to assist in reforestation efforts throughout the town.


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