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Batavia Town Board to consider Bank Street Road rezoning request

BATAVIA – The Town Board is expected to vote later this month on a request to rezone a 6.8-acre parcel on Bank Street Road from its current agricultural-residential designation to industrial.

The request was made by real estate agent Richard Mancuso on behalf of Saile Drive LLC, a group of investors who reportedly have found a buyer for the parcel located behind and along the side of New Hope Church.

“(Rezoning) will bring it to a position for us to be able to sell it,” said Mancuso, who would not disclose the potential buyer.

The land in question is south of the Genesee County Airport on East Saile Drive, and is part of a larger tract of land – around 60 acres – that previously had been zoned as industrial.

“What we’re talking about is a small portion of land that’s presently zoned in contradiction of what the full parcel is zoned,” said Supervisor Gregory H. Post during a public hearing Wednesday night at Town Hall.

David McCullough, who lives on Bank Street Road across from the church, said he was concerned about an increase in traffic on an already busy stretch of highway that includes the entrance to the Batavia Soccer Park.

“If it’s zoned industrial, a business will be going up and there will be construction equipment … and dump trucks,” he said.

“It’s not going to be helpful to the public safety,” McCullough said.

He also said he would like to see the speed limit reduced from 55 to 45 mph, prompting Post to advise him to petition the state Department of Transportation.

McCullough was the lone speaker at the public hearing.

The board said it will vote on the rezoning request at its regular meeting on Oct. 21.

In other action, Post distributed the town’s tentative budget for 2016, an $8.29 million spending plan that, once again, calls for no town tax.

Post said the budget reflects a $250,000 increase in spending – about 3 percent.