Delta Sonic is proposing to build its third car wash and gas station location on Niagara Falls Boulevard, this one in the Town of Tonawanda, to join locations in Amherst and Niagara Falls.
The combined site at 2494-2520 Niagara Falls Boulevard, just south of Ellicott Creek Road, actually already contains a Dr. Huggs Car Wash, as well as three additional properties to the south.
Delta Sonic is proposing to demolish the four existing buildings and build a car wash, convenience store and gas canopy with six fueling stations on the 2.3 acres. It's the chain's "express" model, with no interior cleaning, detailing services or oil changes offered, said Matthew J. Oates, a civil engineer for Benderson Development.
The site is 2.2 miles north of Delta Sonic's location at the boulevard and Maple Road in Amherst and about 1.3 miles north of the Youngmann Memorial Highway, I-290. It would be Delta Sonic's 11th location locally, and 30th overall. The family-owned chain's locations outside the Buffalo area are located around Rochester, Syracuse, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
"This kind of fills a nice area north of 290 for our customers in there, for them to come use their [car wash] pass, get gas, things like that," Oates said.
He gave the town Planning Board a preliminary review of the project Wednesday night, and noted an 8-foot board-on-board fence and row of Norway spruce trees is planned as a buffer between the west property line and seven homes on Dexter Terrace.
Planning Board Chairman Ken Swanekamp requested that the developer reach out to the homeowners and inform them of the project. The town has shallow commercial lots along the boulevard and redevelopment projects, such as a hotel currently under construction several blocks south of the proposed Delta Sonic, have bumped into neighbor concerns.
"Up and down the boulevard this is the issue," Swanekamp said.
Planning Board members also requested the developer add more landscaping to the front of the site, along the boulevard.
Plans also call for two driveways off the boulevard, as opposed to six now along the site, brick and decorative stone as building materials and free vacuums for motorists to clean their vehicle interiors.
If necessary approvals are granted, demolition and construction work could start as early as spring, Oates said.
"We feel it is a really good redevelopment of the site," he said. "We think it's a really attractive building, nice landscaping, really good circulation."