This is in response to David Boersma's letter of May 14 regarding rezoning.
William Street in Cheektowaga is changing and will unalterably be changed when the new Thruway interchange is completed. The traffic will dramatically increase, especially the stretch between the new interchange and Union Road. By looking ahead and seeing the completed picture of the new William Street, we hope to make the 13.9-acre lot in question into the theater and entertainment showcase of Western New York.
Cheektowaga's economic impact will be substantial. By turning a vacant lot into a revenue generator, we will create more than 200 jobs. The project will also contribute $326,000 to the Cheektowaga Central School District, $53,000 to the town, and $96,000 to Erie County in taxes each year. Visitors will pump an anticipated $5 million into the local economy yearly.
Since we first announced the project two years ago, our design concepts for Liberty Park have substantially changed. We have willingly worked with public officials and our neighbors to modify our proposals to make it "neighborhood friendly". For example, flooding has been a major problem in the area. Cheektowaga Town Engineer Chester Bryant stated that the Liberty Park project will actually improve drainage, especially to those in the Trudy Lane and Ceil Drive area.
We will also continue our good neighbor policy by implementing community service ideas including: local hirings whenever possible, providing conference space to senior citizens and community groups, creating dinner theater discounts for senior citizens and students, sponsoring charitable events and evenings of ballroom dancing.