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LAUNDRY'S PLAN STIRS PROTEST BY NEIGHBORS

Plans for a drive-through window at a new Niagara Falls Boulevard laundry have nearby residents steamed.

Laundry Lounge, at 9545 Niagara Falls Blvd., has encountered some wrinkles in its bid to offer the convenience. The plan has failed to win initial city Planning Board approval, although officials have dangled hope they may change their minds if certain conditions are met.

James Gleason -- who, with Matthew Cattarin, owns the business -- said the window, which already is installed, would be "a convenience for people working."

Three neighbors to the rear of the business contend the drive-through is too close to their yards.

"The fact is, we . . . use our back yards," said Mary M. Crampton of 1614 97th St., who noted the drive-through would affect six homeowners.

Gleason has suggested closing the window on weekends and limiting hours of operation. Thomas J. DeSantis, senior planner for the city, suggested a 6-foot fence to screen out traffic noise and fumes.

The board also voted 7-0 to approve Jeff Cerra's plan to divide the former site of Cayuga Drive School into five lots for single-family homes.

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