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Several projects tabled in Lockport

The town Planning Board turned a couple of projects aside at a work session last week.

A cell phone tower and a used car business were deleted from the agenda for the board's formal meeting Tuesday because of incomplete filings. Also, action on a senior-citizen housing development on Bowmiller Road was delayed at the owner's request.

Omnipoint Communications Corp. submitted a request to erect a 125-foot cell tower for T-Mobile. It would be placed on a leased 50-by-50-foot piece of land behind Miller Plaza at 5714 S. Transit Road -- the strip plaza behind Dunkin' Donuts.

Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman said the board could not consider the project because the applicant had not supplied the required 10 copies of its site plan.

Also put off was Albert DeChambeau's request for a used car dealership at Wicks Road and Lake Avenue. There was approval for that type of business there at one time, but town officials said it expired.

Building Inspector Eugene Nenni said it was last reviewed in 1992, but the site doesn't comply with the town's "vehicle overlay district," which comprises an ordinance with special zoning rules for car dealerships.

Nenni said of the site: "It's not paved. It isn't large enough to accommodate anything in our vehicle overlay."

Town Planner Andrew C. Reilly said DeChambeau believed he should be grandfathered, but the town's position is that his permit expired. Seaman said the use was abandoned, and he also said no formal site plan was submitted.

As for the Bowmiller Road project, owner Thomas Briody said the 132-unit second phase of Pinegrove Estates will be withdrawn from Planning Board consideration until January.

There are some fine points for the board to consider.

Reilly said he thought there was a federal wetland on the property, but Briody denied it.

Briody said his plan is to sell 70 percent of the units before turning over a shovel of dirt.

Briody envisions 40 "villas," one-family dwellings, along with 60 apartments for seniors capable of independent living and 32 apartments designed for assisted living. The apartments would be constructed in three wings connected to a central "country house," or community center.

There are 24 villa units on what is now a 95-acre property. The five-acre acquisition would allow for a new entrance road to the site.

e-mail: tprohaska@buffnews.com

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