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Final studies for industrial park OK'd

Hamburg Town Board members on Monday night approved the final environmental studies for the 134-acre Lake Erie Commerce Center, the area's first "prepermitted" site that is shovel-ready for development.

The industrial park is on vacant land along Route 5 north and south of Bayview Road.

The generic environmental impact study approved by the board Monday allows future projects proposed at the site to apply directly for site-plan and building permits.

Increased traffic along already busy Route 5 is perhaps the biggest environmental impact. Mitigation measures include building a new entrance onto Route 5 and possibly dead-ending Bayview.

But since the future users of the site and the amount of traffic they will generate are unknown, the environmental statement includes several traffic thresholds that would trigger changes in the roads.

Supervisor Steven Walters said the original environmental statement on the commerce center stated that as different phases were developed, Bayview could be closed at the railroad tracks.

One resident asked if Bayview was holding up development of the area for a large manufacturing concern. About 70 acres are south of Bayview, and about 64 acres are north of the road.

"If that big manufacturer comes in, and we can do something, we want to be able to act on that," Walters said. "If the type of development warranted closing the road down at the railroad tracks, the town would certainly be willing to take a look at that."

Walters said the industrial park may end up with a lot of smaller firms that would not require the closing of the road.

Part of the idea for the town's Land Development Corporation acquiring the land was to open it up to development, since the Ravenwood Park industrial park is nearing 100 percent capacity, Walters said.

The Hamburg New York Land Development Corp. and Hamburg Industrial Development Agency have named Orchard Park-based Krog Corp. as the designated developer of the property.

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