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AutoZone proposed in strip plaza on Sheridan Drive in Amherst

The new owner of a Sheridan Drive strip plaza that formerly housed the Markheim Pets store plans to demolish part of the retail center and bring in an AutoZone store.

Robert Nuchereno of Arista Development, who bought the 20,318-square-foot plaza at 3311 Sheridan Drive last summer, is seeking Amherst Planning Board permission to tear down the 9,000-square-foot western portion of the single-story building that once was the site of the now-closed Markheim Pets, and replace it with a new freestanding 6,800-square-foot retail building to house Memphis, Tenn.-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc.

The new building will be 10 feet away from the remainder of the facility, which was built in 1962 and sits on 1.5 acres. The rest of the building will not be changed. The project will eliminate the northerly driving exit to Augusta Avenue but will keep the two Sheridan Drive access points. Plans call for 82 parking spaces and the addition of 10,000 square feet of landscaping to a site that is almost completely paved currently.

The Amherst Planning Board will review the project on Thursday.

Other pending projects coming before the board include:

• A proposal by Sutton Architects to build a new single-story senior townhouse building at 9530 Transit Road, with eight units and 16 parking spaces, with both car and walking links to the existing Fox Creek Estates senior facility that already has 208 apartments and 16 townhouses.

• A proposal by Elite Construction Development Co. for a new 12-lot unnamed subdivision at 4176, 4180, 4184 and 4188 Sheridan, between Sunrise Boulevard and Frankhauser Road.

• A plan by homebuilder Elliot Lasky for the 10-lot Lake Forest North Phase V subdivision at 1047 Campbell Blvd., near where his Regency Builders firm is already putting up homes.

• A request by Dr. Fadi Dagher, a Buffalo developer, to rezone 9150 Transit Road from “general business” to “multifamily residential district.” The site, located next to Grover’s restaurant, currently has a 93-year-old, 1,553-square-foot single-family home set back on 2.2 acres, backing up to Gott Creek. Dagher said he plans to put up multiple high-end condos on the site.

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