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PLANNERS GIVE GO-AHEAD FOR USED-CAR LOT

The Amherst Planning Board has given permission for a used-car lot to operate on a Bailey Avenue site that once housed a bus garage.

The plan will now be submitted to the Town Board, which has the final say on whether used cars can occupy the three-quarter- acre vacant lot at 4450 Bailey Ave.

The site is now zoned for general business but needs approval for use as a used-car lot.

The Planning Board on Thursday also tabled a request to rezone 10.35 acres at 370 Casey Road to allow 10 homes on the tract.

Plans to develop the now-vacant land could collide with the town's idea to possibly extend Youngs Road three-quarters of a mile from Casey Road to North French Road.

Property owners Stanley and Terri Zionts said the town has been talking about the possible extension on and off for decades, making it impossible for them to sell or develop their land.

When they were told earlier this year that the Youngs Road extension is no longer being considered, the Ziontses decided to sell the property. But now, they recently learned, the town is again thinking of extending the road, although there are no firms plans, and the town says it doesn't have the money for the project at this time.

Regardless, the Planning Board tabled the request to rezone the land from suburban agriculture to residential because it is not clear there are sanitary sewers in the area to handle the additional homes.

The Planning Board also:

Approved site plans for a medical center office building at 180 Park Club Lane over objections from some residents concerned about potential traffic problems in the area.

Approved site plans for a drive-through restaurant at 7770 Transit Road, once the site of a Drexel Heritage Furniture store.

Approved site plans for a John Hancock Insurance building at 5214 Main St.

Approved site plans for a new office building at 270 Northpointe Parkway.

e-mail: sschulman@buffnews.com

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