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REZONING PLAN FOR BANK DRIVE-THROUGH TO HIT PLANNING BOARD

The next stop for a proposed drive-through for HSBC Bank on Lake Shore Road in Hamburg is the Hamburg Planning Board for a site-plan review.

The project won a rezoning this week from the Hamburg Town Board, but the zoning change from R-2 single-family to neighborhood commercial will not take place until the site plan is approved by the Planning Board.

Before approving the rezoning Monday night, the board first approved a change in the ordinance allowing banks to be located within the neighborhood commercial zoning district. Under the change, each request will be considered individually.

"We didn't have the verbiage to handle a drive-in bank in the neighborhood commercial area," Councilman D. Mark Cavalcoli said.

The property that was rezoned is at 2634 Lakewood Ave., and the Town Board said the rezoning will allow for improvement of traffic problems in the immediate vicinity of the site.

The Lake Shore Road plaza where the bank is located is zoned residential to its rear and commercial on the front end.

Conditions placed on the rezoning require that the ingress and egress to Lake Shore Road (Route 5) from the plaza be improved.

Councilwoman Kathleen Courtney Hochul said that would involve curbing being placed in front of the Wilson Farms convenience store.

"We would work with all parties to come up with a mutually agreeable plan," said Anthony Battista of Benderson Properties, which is developing the bank expansion.

Other conditions include:

- Additional green space and landscaping must be installed at the corner of Orchard and Lakewood avenues and at the corner of Lakewood Avenue and Lake Shore Road.

- Sidewalks must be installed at the rear of the property to address pedestrian safety concerns.

- Lighting on the property cannot adversely affect surrounding property.

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