As the months go by, my neighbors and I on Knox Road and Woodside Avenue in East Aurora can't help but wonder what, if anything, is happening in relation to the proposedexpansion of the Aurora Village Shopping Center and the request to rezone six parcels of land on Grey Street.
We have a multitude of questions:
1. Does the passage of more than four months since Benderson Development was asked to submit a draft environmental-impact statement to the Village Board reflect a change in plans?
2. Does the removal from the Main Street Tops of the less-than-accurate model of the proposed plaza expansion and new Grey Street supermarket represent anything more than a desire for additional display space?
3. Does Larry Castellani'sdeparture from his position as president and chief executiveofficer of Tops Friendly Markets represent a shift in Tops' policy of rapid growth and oversized new stores?
4. Does the recent article in The News concerning Tops' "internal decision" to delay construction of a planned supermarket at Transit and Rehm roads in the Town of Lancaster suggest that the company is rethinking its policy on new stores?
5. Are the rumors true that the track record of at least some of Tops' 77,000-square-foot stores is causing executives to consider limiting new stores to either 44,000 or 63,000 square feet?
Unfortunately, we don't have any answers to these questions. But we can't help wondering and worrying about the future of our residential neighborhood.
Is there a "friendly" executive at Tops who would like to do the neighborly thing and honestly tell us what their plans for East Aurora are?
ARTHUR J. GIACALONE East Aurora