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CHEEKTOWAGA BOARD CLEARS RUNWAY FOR STRIP CLUB TO TAKE OFF NEAR AIRPORT

It didn't exactly lay out the welcome mat, but the Cheektowaga Town Board approved a revised site plan Monday night for a new nightspot headlining "exotic" dancers near Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Solid Gold II, the town's second strip club, is targeted for Aero Drive and Rein Road -- a largely unsettled part of town not far from the airport's main runway.

When suburban officials were changing laws to keep topless dancers, massage parlors, X-rated bookstores and other "adult" activities away from population centers a few years ago, the most popular strategy was to restrict such activities to areas zoned for industry or manufacturing.

Officials said that was the next best thing to banning the so-called adult activities entirely, which the courts have ruled would be unconstitutional.

The industrial-zoned Aero-Rein location is probably as far off the beaten path as it is possible to get in Cheektowaga, with the airport runway in one direction and an old toxic waste dump in another.

"We severely restricted where they can go, and darned if they aren't going there anyway," Council Member Thomas M. Johnson Jr. remarked Monday.

"I'm a moralist, I suppose," Johnson said, but he added he also is unaware of any other town official who is sympathetic toward Solid Gold II, which first approached the town with its plans in the summer of 1997.

"I don't know why (final approval) has taken so long," Johnson said. The revised site plan for the 13,000-square-foot nightspot approved Monday night includes improved on-site traffic flow, more green area and the elimination of a driveway to Aero, officials noted.

Meanwhile Monday, the Town Board approved bonding $700,000 worth of sanitary sewer repairs and related improvements on about 50 streets. Four residents spoke in favor of the project at a public hearing. Officials said a previous cost estimate of $630,000 didn't include the bond underwriting expense.

At another hearing, neighbors backed plans for a 100-unit apartment complex for the elderly on Transit Road near Como Park Boulevard.

Although the board approved the project last year, a new hearing on the zoning had to be held because the developer missed the deadline for applying for a building permit, officials explained. Because the apartments will benefit low-income people, the board last February approved a $250,000 loan of federal funds to help the project along.

In other business Monday, the Town Board appointed Mark Orzechowski, part-time computer network coordinator in the town Police Department, as full-time coordinator at a pay rate of $27.50 an hour under a federal grant. Officials said a decision on whether to keep the position full-time will be made when the grant expires next year.

The board also reappointed William B. Giambra to a five-year term on the town's Board of Assessment Review.

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