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REZONING MAY BE NEEDED FOR DESIGN FACILITY

The Elma Town Board suggested that rezoning may be required before an East Aurora company can build a new facility on West Maple Court.

Supervisor Audrey Murdoch explained that the board would have to tour the existing facilities of Line by Line Design, an engineering and production company, before even considering issuance of a preliminary business-use permit for the operation, which is considered light manufacturing.

James Kline, a partner in the company, said the town's building inspector had not considered the need for rezoning. The area currently is zoned commercial.

Line by Line Design, which operates out of two buildings in East Aurora, would like to consolidate its operations into a new 15,000-square-foot building on Maple Court. Kline said the company currently has 13 employees but in two years expects to have 25.

Kline said that getting the building up quickly is the company's chief concern.

"We don't have a lot of time to get the building started," Kline said. "If the process takes until fall, there is no way the developer can build before winter. If that is the case, he said, we would not be interested in this site."

Murdoch reminded Kline that the proposal also would have to go before the Planning Board. Board members plan to tour the company's East Aurora facilities next week.

In other matters, the board:

Learned that the former Country Inn at Bowen and Jamison roads will be reopening as Walter's Pub under new owner Russell Reed. The board issued a business-use permit, contingent on no live music or entertainment.

Issued a business-use permit to Dino's Pizzeria, 5952 Seneca St. The new owners are Robert Chase and Mark Becht.

Issued a temporary business-use permit to the new owner of an auto repair business, Springbrook Truck & Auto Repair, 6515 Seneca St.

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