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RESIDENTS ASSAIL PROPOSAL FOR RESTAURANT TIM HORTON'S PLANS TO BUILD ON SITE ALONG UNION ROAD IN CHEEKTOWAGA

Residents of the Garden Village condominiums this week told Cheektowaga officials they do not want a Tim Horton's restaurant in front of their complex.

Plans for a 3,030-square-foot doughnut outlet along Union Road across from AppleTree Business Park were discussed Wednesday at a meeting of the town's Environmental Advisory Committee.

The restaurant would be on the west side of Union Road at AppleTree Court, a private access road used by condominium residents.

The Garden Village condos are set back at least 200 feet from Union Road. The proposed site for the restaurant is zoned for retail business. However, residents expressed concern about traffic and maintenance of the private access road.

There would be no access directly onto Union Road from the restaurant, forcing patrons to use AppleTree Court to enter the retail business. Residents questioned who would pay to maintain the private road if it is being used by restaurant patrons.

The plans also call for a drive-through window on the west property line, which would face the condominiums. Residents said they are concerned about exhaust and noise from cars.

Thomas Adamczak, a town building inspector and member of the Environmental Advisory Committee, said the restaurant plans were tabled and a referral was sent to the state Department of Transportation seeking comment on the traffic issue. Officials are also looking at the impact the project would have on an adjacent drainage easement.

The advisory panel also discussed plans for a 117,000-square-foot retail facility and 7,000-square-foot store or restaurant at the former Ernst Steel site at Walden Avenue and Galleria Drive.

No action was taken on the project because officials are awaiting from the developer a traffic study and copies of an order of consent from the state Department of Conservation on cleanup at the site.

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