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A storage unit facility on North First Street will be expanded and a public hearing will be held in October on a new storage business proposal near Constitution Avenue as the result of Olean City Planning Board action Monday night.

After a public hearing in which there were no comments, the board unanimously approved Lawrence Austin's site plan for four new 48-foot-long free standing metal buildings on the site of a fenced and gated parking lot at 417 North First St.

Two storage buildings are already in use there under a previous variance.

Austin told board members he has been given permission by the Department of Public Works to tap into the city's sewer for storm water run off.

A public hearing was set for 7:45 p.m. Oct. 18 on Frank Snyder's proposal for two Wedgcore steel buildings to accommodate a total of 63 storage units and 5,400 square feet.

That project is to be located within the Cattaraugus County Economic Development Zone on six acres at 1980 W. Sullivan St. Customers will be mainly college students, Snyder said, and access the units from Constitution Avenue or 24th Street. The property is zoned industrial and warehousing is a permitted use.

The board rejected Edward and Mike Jones' proposal for a car wash at 308 Main St. in a 4-1 vote, and revisited a similar proposal on North Union Street but failed to muster the super majority vote needed for approval.

In denying the Jones' project, board members noted changes in plans since a public hearing was held in August and cited issues of traffic congestion, safety and cumulative long-term impact.

The Jones brothers own three other car washes in the area and said they may appeal the decision. The two complained that board members ignored findings in a required traffic study that cost the applicants $2,500. The men denied the severity of the impact and said the project was improved by changes in the plan.

The board voted to recommend against Deborah Leavitt's petition for rezoning her property at 2395 N. Union St. Extension from residential to commercial. Ms. Leavitt, who runs an antique store under a variance, said she intends to seek a final ruling on the matter from the Olean Common Council.

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