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Like it or not, East Aurora residents will soon be able to dip doughnuts and sip coffee at a new Tim Horton's on Hamburg Street.

Although residents raised numerous concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety over the last two months, the East Aurora Village Board on Monday night unanimously approved a proposal for the restaurant on the corner of Oakwood Avenue and Hamburg Street.

Plans also were approved for Aurora Ventures to build a three-unit retail facility between 209 and 221 Main St.

Trustee David DiPietro was not present for the vote.

Tim Horton's plans a 3,000-square-foot building on the western corner of the property, with one entrance off Hamburg Street, about 120 feet from the traffic circle, and another off Oakwood Avenue.

The vacant building on the property, which used to house Moog's graphics and assembly operation, will be demolished.

A traffic assessment conducted by the village and submitted to the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning did not mention the restaurant's proximity to the traffic circle or the adjacent residential neighborhood and its main intersections.

And although neighboring resident strongly disagreed during a Sept. 4 public hearing, the board's findings of fact deemed that developing Tim Horton's will "not change that general nature of the neighborhood in that the neighborhood is generally commercial."

On Main Street, Aurora Ventures' proposal for 10,700 square feet of retail space could include a bank with drive-through service, as well as two other retailers.

Plans are for an entrance to be placed on Main Street, across from Charter One Bank, and another at the rear of the property, from South Willow Street.

Aurora Ventures counsel Robert Olivieri said that shortly after the sale of the land is complete, tenants occupying the existing buildings will need to be relocated.

He said residential units are available through Aurora Ventures.


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