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Old McDonald's to house dental office

Aspen Dental Associates, which already has a South Transit Road location, plans to move to the former McDonald's restaurant nearby, the town Planning Board learned Wednesday.

The dental chain will take over 3,500 square feet of the former restaurant's 5,000 square feet, said Joseph Z. Champagnie, design and construction manager for Gator Development, the Miami company that owns the Transit Road Plaza where the building is located.

Champagnie said another tenant will be sought for the rest of the building. But board members were concerned that a parking shortage, which led McDonald's to move to a new location at South Transit and Hamm roads a couple of years ago, might persist.

Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman said the board has to see a parking plan before it can approve the project.

In another matter, Alix Development, which owns the South Transit Road building that is home to Metro Mattress and Signworks, presented plans for a 6,400-square-foot building next door. The building is to be divided equally between two tenants who have already committed, said Matt Alix, owner of Signworks.

The space in front will be occupied by a retail chain and the rear by an auto repair business. He said he will disclose the names of the tenants at the Oct. 22 Planning Board meeting, when final approval of the plan is anticipated.

The board gave approval for continued occupancy of an All-state Insurance office on South Transit Road, which was a pre-existing nonconforming use under the town's zoning ordinance.

e-mail: tprohaska@buffnews.com

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