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Special-use permit bid is shelved

The Tonawanda Town Board postponed action Monday on a special-use permit until officials get assurances a proposed business is right for the site.

The permit request by Titan Wrecking & Environmental, which wants to locate its headquarters at 255 Fire Tower Drive, will be reconsidered at the board's May 7 meeting.

With offices now on Woodward Avenue, Titan specializes in commercial and industrial demolition and environmental work. The property on which it wants to relocate includes a building that most recently housed SSI Vehicle Wash Systems.

A real estate development company bought the property in late 2005 for $348,000, according to Erie County real estate records. Its purchase by brothers Anthony and Frank Bodami is pending.

Under Titan's proposal, the existing building would house offices and a maintenance area for equipment, and there would be indoor and outdoor equipment storage. The site falls within a Waterfront Industrial District, which has unique regulations.

"We need to set forth some parameters or ask our building inspector and our engineer to set forth some guidelines if we were to approve this permit," Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr. said in Monday's afternoon Town Board work session.

The Bodami brothers, who operate the company, and their attorney, Sean Hopkins, tried to allay concerns.

Only lawmakers asked questions at a March 12 public hearing. But since then, Hopkins said, changes have been made regarding fencing placement and landscaping. Equipment and materials stored on the property wouldn't exceed 20 and 12 feet in height, respectively; tall equipment can be brought down to the 20-foot level, Hopkins said.

Titan, which does business in North America, typically moves its equipment from job site to job site, Hopkins said. "It's only there [on Titan's property] when it's not being used," he said.

Supervisor Ronald H. Moline asked Michael P. Hazen, building inspections supervisor, and Robert M. Morris, technical support director, to work with the Bodamis to iron things out.

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