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Lancaster Tim Hortons proposal faces first set of reviews

A proposal for the first Tim Hortons coffee shop in downtown Lancaster is brewing some criticism as village officials start to review the plan.

“There are a lot of my friends that are opposed to it,” resident Frank Maddock told the Village Board on Monday.

Maddock was the only one to publicly complain during the board meeting, but village officials went out of their way to assure there would be adequate review of the proposal by a Clarence couple who want to expand their Sunoco gas station at Central Avenue and Broadway to include the franchise.

Maddock was upset by comments made by Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce Director John Chmarney in a recent Buffalo News story noting that Tim Hortons would “offer something different than village merchants do.”

“To me and my friends, that’s kind of a smack upside the head,” Maddock said. “Personally, I don’t see what a drive-thru coffee shop offers the village.”

Deputy Mayor Kenneth L. O’Brien III noted that the project faces review by the Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday and Planning Commission on Thursday, and also the Zoning Board.

They will study the proposal for a 713-square-foot addition on the gas station at the congested intersection of Central and Broadway.

The drive-thru would go around the back of the gas station and traffic would enter and exit off Central Avenue. It calls for a small patio along the Broadway side of the building.


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