After months of effort and review, Joe Dash got his last big approval Monday to build a new store on Hertel Avenue.
The Buffalo Planning Board approved his request to consolidate nine parcels into one, located at 1764 Hertel Ave., to enable construction of the planned new supermarket. The sites include a single-family home, a commercial building, a chiropractor's office and the old store, which takes up five lots.
The action follows what even Dash's attorney, Corey Auerbach, said was a surprisingly easy decision last week by another city agency to allow the company to take down remaining structures on the properties. "To my shock and delight, we even obtained an approval from the Preservation Board for demolition," Auerbach said.
The project was already green-lighted by the Planning Board and Dash's obtained several zoning variances that it needed, so Monday's decision marked the "culmination of an arduous and long approval process," Auerbach said.
Dash's request did have one detractor. James Rozanski, a University District resident, said the grocer's application was incomplete and violated the parking lot perimeter rules of the Green Code. He faulted the Planning Board staff for failing to properly analyze what was required, and called for the public hearing to be postponed.
His complaints were dismissed, as staff and board members noted they dealt with issues that had already been decided.
"Given the level of scrutiny this project has had through both Zoning and Planning, I have no concern about the information before us," Vice Chair Cynthia Schwartz said.