Share this article

print logo

ROLLER PARK DELAY IS BLAMED ON TOWN PROCESS

His intentions were to have an outdoor extreme roller park up and running by the end of June, but plans for the Harlem Road site haven't moved through the town's approval process as quickly as Bikes, Blades and Boards owner Maurice Cooper would have liked.

"There is no sense of urgency on the town's part here," said Cooper.

Plans for the first phase of the park were brought to the Town Board shortly after Cooper purchased the land Feb. 25.

"The (town) engineers made minor changes to the plans and then held onto them for a couple weeks," Cooper said. They have no concern for this being a summer business."

"Sometimes developers are not aware of the application process in the town and how long it can take," town Engineer George Montz responded. "This is a really busy time for us, and we can't always jump onto a review as soon as it comes in the door. They came in just expecting to start building, and you just can't do that."

Cooper said even with final site approval given Friday, the outdoor course is going to take at least eight weeks to construct.

"I haven't even been able to get on the property yet," said Cooper. "I think I am trying to do something good here to keep the kids out of the parking lots and the streets, but now I am going to build this park, and by the time it is done, summer will be over, and the park will sit through the winter."

Cooper said he now is thinking about a second phase for the project that would include an indoor facility and may delay building the outdoor portion until next spring.

"But here again, I would be starting all over again with the plans and the approval process," he said.

Some of the delays in site approval have been tied to obtaining water and utility easements, as well as adding what Cooper termed "excessive" drainage on the property.

"I know (Cooper) wanted the park done sooner, but we have done what we can," said Supervisor Paul T. Clark. "They had an ambitious schedule, but this is a busy time for us as well. You just can't have an instant project."

"All I am trying to do is put up a parking lot and some ramps -- that's it," Cooper said.

When the park is finally complete, it will be quite similar to a park in Wheatfield, with 12-foot vertical ramps in 50,000 square feet dedicated to outdoor biking, inline skating and skateboarding. Cooper envisions a 40,000-square-foot indoor facility.

"Kids come from all over to use the Wheatfield park -- from Toronto, Cleveland and Rochester, as well as Western New York," according to Doug Hansgate of Pyramid Brokerage, the park's developer. "This (West Seneca) park is planned to be the most expansive by far."

There are no comments - be the first to comment