A Lancaster sports bar seeking to rezone 8.6 acres of land to build an enclosed sports arena has cleared the first hurdle.
The town Planning Board approved rezoning the land with a caveat – restricting it to commercial recreational activities.
The condition came from board member Rebecca Anderson, who expressed concern about the future of the land owned by Angry Buffalo @ The Rose Garden. The sports bar wants to host flag football, soccer and lacrosse games in the facility on the south side of Wehrle Drive on the Clarence border.
If the land were sold several years from now, Anderson said, it could be used to build a department store or large business venture given the general business zoning from residential.
So Anderson suggested the stipulation, which was favored by a majority of the Planning Board. The Town Board has the final say.
The tavern wants to build a 26,400-square-foot enclosed arena for adult sports leagues and also open it to youth sports leagues as part of a nearly $2 million project.
“I think we need to be really careful what we’re talking about,” Planning Board Chairman Neil Connelly said. “We’re talking about future use.”
Anderson wanted assurance that the land would be restricted to commercial recreational use.
“If we are afraid of them coming in with a department store, we need to limit the rest of the parcel’s use,” she said.
Williamsville-based Metzger Engineering, representing the sports bar, said it was fine with the additional condition.
“There are not plans now, but I don’t want to limit my client from expanding recreational activities,” Mike Metzger told the board.