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FREY BID FOR OUTDOOR DISPLAY SENT TO PLANNERS

The Clarence Town Board Wednesday sent a request by a business owner for outdoor displays to the Planning Board for review.

Board members agreed that the request from Joseph Frey, the owner of Frey's Old Time Furniture, 5033 Transit Road, might be a new use.

Frey, who appeared briefly before the board, said that his current application was a separate matter and had nothing to do with his previous request to do business on the property.

Town Board members noted in their work session that there are already some furniture items and vehicles in front of the property. Frey also disputed some of the observations made by town officials about the property.

Town engineers said fill has been dumped onto the property, changing elevations and resulting in some drainage problems. Frey said he did know what the engineers meant by "fill" and said any drainage problems were in the process of being corrected.

In other business, the board sent to the Planning Board site plans for a new housing development off Wehrle Drive near Main Street. The 216-unit development would have 18 buildings and be more like condominiums than apartments, according to project officials, David A. Huck of Regent Development and John R. Yurtchuk of Martex Development.

James Callahan, the town's director of community development, said the town has a zoning density requirement that calls for 11.5 units per acre. Developers would have to obtain a variance or the Town Board would have to change the law for the development to go forward. As proposed, the development's density is 8.7 per units per acre.

"I would not be in favor of sending this to the Planning Board. There's no point," Councilman John Love said.

However, the board voted, 4-1, to send it to the Planning Board. The developers said they could not go below 12 units in the proposed development, because they would lose some of their investors.

The Town Board also:

Gave final approval to plans to build a new post office at 9835 Main St., adjacent to the state police barracks. The opening is set for around Labor Day.

Scheduled a public information session on the proposed new town library. The informal session is set for 7:30 p.m. April 16 in Town Hall.

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