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Starbucks approved for Cheektowaga site across from airport

A Starbucks coffee shop to be built across from Buffalo Niagara International Airport was approved Tuesday by the Cheektowaga Town Board, which also scheduled public hearings for several other projects in the pipeline.

The 1,950-square-foot coffee shop, with a drive-thru service window, would be located on the eastern side of a freestanding 9,800-square-foot retail building to be built in front of 4243-4271 Genesee St. Three hotels have opened farther back on the site during the past five years.

Tuesday night, the Town Board unanimously approved a special-use permit and variance for the project; the site plan; and a declaration that it wouldn’t have a significant impact on the environment. The special-use permit is required for drive-thru service windows, and the variance reduces the permitted number of vehicles waiting in line from 16 to 11.

In other business, the board scheduled public hearings for Sept. 15 on other proposals, including:

• 2013 Walden Ave.: The proposed redevelopment of the former Fuddruckers restaurant building, next to the new Cabela’s store. It includes a 2,301-square-foot building addition to accommodate two restaurant tenants, one of which would be Panera Bread. The project requires site plan approval and a special-use permit for a drive-thru window for Panera Bread. The second restaurant is yet to be identified.

• 2700 Union Road at William Street (northwest corner of intersection): The proposed redevelopment of an existing gas station/convenience store, to a new gas station with a convenience store and donut shop, along with a self-operated car wash. Plans call for the demolition of the existing 2,880-square-foot building and construction of a 5,256-square-foot building, along with a 720-square-foot building for the car wash. The site must be rezoned from general commercial to motor service, and requires a special-use permit for a drive-thru service window for the donut shop.

• 93 Maryvale Drive: A cellular provider, T-Mobile, wants to add an antenna to an existing 139-foot monopole cell tower at Harlem Road and Maryvale Drive. T-Mobile’s antenna array would be mounted at a height of 126 feet, just below an existing AT&T antenna grouping. The project requires a special-use permit.

The Town Board also approved the creation of two account clerk typist positions.

One of them was filled by the appointment of Lisa M. Sprada, a former senior sewer maintenance worker, to the Records Center. Sprada recently settled a federal lawsuit against the town in which she had accused colleagues of on-the-job harassment; terms of the settlement are confidential, an attorney who represented the town said last month.

In 2013, Sprada was paid a total of $61,858.60, which included overtime. Her new salary is $48,732.


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