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ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW SOUGHT FOR PLANNED SUBDIVISION

Cheektowaga Council Member Thomas M. Johnson Jr. wants an archaeologist to review a cultural resources study conducted by the would-be developer of 72 units of patio homes near the traffic-choked Union Road-Losson Road intersection.

As a result, plans for the so-called Crabapple subdivision north of Crabapple Lane remained on the table Wednesday at a town Environmental Advisory Committee meeting. The panel acts as a clearinghouse for new developments in the town.

Neighbors have registered concerns about more traffic at one of the town's most troublesome intersections, as well as the threat of flooding and the aesthetics of the relatively small dwellings compared to neighboring residences.

Rushford Hollow, the developer, says that patio homes cause relatively little additional traffic because they attract older people and couples who don't want a large home and yard to keep up. Planned are two-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot homes priced at about $120,000.

New tree plantings would screen the 15-acre development from its nearest neighbors.

The environmental committee on Wednesday also tabled plans for a 113-room Residence Inn by Marriott on Anderson Road, near Walden Avenue and the Thruway. The area's second Residence Inn -- the first is on Maple Road near the University at Buffalo's North Campus in Amherst -- would be developed by the Fargo, N.D.-based Tharaldson Cos., owners of about 320 hotels nationwide.

Officials said the Thruway Authority must approve drainage plans before the hotel project can move forward. They said the town also wants sidewalks built to Walden to connect with sidewalks the state is building between Harlem and Dick roads.

In a related matter, the committee recommended Town Board approval of the site plan for Ryder Truck & Rental, the business the Residence Inn is displacing on the Anderson Road site. Ryder is moving its operation farther east on Walden to a parcel near Dick Road.

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