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The Evans Planning Board Wednesday recommended approval of a change in zoning from suburban-residential to multiple-family residential for 5 acres of land adjacent to the Shoreline Manor on Bennett Road. John Zicarrelli plans to build 60 town houses on the site.

During a public discussion on the rezoning, many area residents complained that the character of the neighborhood would change from single-family to multiple dwelling. They said they opposed any change in zoning and that Bennett Road could not handle increased traffic.

Samuel Pinto said that until the Lake Shore Road bridge over Eighteen Mile Creek is reopened and hazardous conditions on Bennett Road are corrected, the area's residents "could not consider multiple housing."

Others objected to widening Bennett Road but said they would accept a speed reduction.

Planning Board member Richard Stevenson noted that the board could not prohibit Zicarrelli from building multiple housing if he meets the town's zoning requirements.

The vote to recommend approval to the Town Board was 4-2 with Board Chairwoman Karen Jung and member Gail Stafford opposed.

The next step is for the Evans Town Board to hold a public hearing. Zicarrelli will then return to the Planning Board for plot-plan approval.

The board also approved phase one of Dan Geary's go-cart race track provided the building inspector's office approves a landscaping plan.

Geary must return to the Planning Board for approval of phases two and three, which will include miniature golf, a golf range and batting cages.

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