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SCHOOL DISTRICT WANTS SIDEWALKS, ROAD NEAR THEATER

Before Tinseltown USA says "Lights, camera, action" in Hamburg, the Frontier Central School District wants to hear "new road, fence and youth center."

The school district's Bayview Road complex will be adjacent to the 87,200 square-foot movie theater proposed for a 32-acre parcel between Southwestern Boulevard and Bayview.

The school district already has held talks with developer Edmund F. Burke, who agreed to provide and pay for sidewalks along the Bayview section of the project, district officials say.

Burke owns the property, and Cinemark USA would operate the theater.

Burke also agreed to pay for the non-state-aided portion of a roadway on district property, allowing school buses access directly to Southwestern Boulevard, Superintendent Gerald P. Glose told the Hamburg Planning Board in a letter last week.

The developer also agreed to pay for a berm and fencing to limit access to the theater from school property.

"If the project was going to go, we were very much in favor of a teen center in one of those buildings," said Stanley J. Figiel, president of the Frontier School Board.

He said the board has not decided whether it formally will support or oppose the development.

"We have never, in my time, been asked to support a project (before this)," Figiel said.

The district finds the project attractive because it potentially would produce additional tax revenues without requiring direct school services. Glose said Burke has estimated the movie theater would have an assessed value of $9.5 million. When the seven outer parcels are developed into retail or restaurant operations, the total value of the property would be $21.5 million, according to the developer.

"The added assessed value certainly is an asset to the school district," Figiel said.

But he acknowledged some difficulties with the proposed development, such as traffic problems on Bayview and Southwestern.

"It's a bad traffic area," he said. "It's difficult to make a left-hand turn out of Bayview onto South Park (Avenue)."

A number of school buses turn onto South Park from Bayview. Figiel said the driveway on the Tinseltown property "would be a real plus" in allowing access to Southwestern.

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