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PSYCHIC SEEKS GOOD OMEN IN BID TO REZONE PARCEL

Lorrie Stevens was hoping to get a favorable reading from the Cheektowaga Town Board on Monday night in her bid to open a psychic reading studio.

But the fate of her rezoning request to allow the studio remains unclear, as the board put off a decision.

Both the Planning Board and the Environmental Advisory Committee recommended denying the request to rezone property at 3993 Union Road from a residence district to neighborhood services district.

The property is L-shaped, with part of it fronting on Union and the other on Orchard Place.

Stevens' attorney, David V. Jaworski, eliminated a major obstacle when he said the request is being amended for just the Union Road sublot and not the Orchard Place portion of the lot.

"That's crucial," said Council Member Thomas M. Johnson Jr. "That's exactly what the Planning Board had been seeking."

Jaworski said the Traffic Safety Commission had a concern with two driveways on Union, and Stevens is willing to combine them into one driveway.

Stevens, who lives at the location, said her hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.

"It's going to be an appointment-only situation. There probably would not be more than one car there at a time," Jaworski said.

Planning Board Chairman Salvatore LaGreca said he still had concerns about the traffic making left turns into the driveway and out of the driveway. He suggested if the Town Board approves the rezoning it might consider allowing traffic to use the Orchard Place driveway.

No one spoke at another public hearing on the town's attempt to acquire property at 1071 Walden Ave. through eminent domain for access to Walden Commerce Exchange. The half-acre parcel had been the site of a gas station, and it has long been proposed as the western entrance to the stalled industrial park. Board members did not make a decision on acquiring the land Monday night.

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