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Power line shifts site of proposed drugstore

The new Walgreens drugstore in Hamburg will have to be built in a slightly different location because of an electric transmission line on the edge of the property, Village Board members learned Monday.

Building Inspector Kurt Allen said New York State Electric & Gas had contacted him last week about the line along Buffalo Street. Developers planned to build alongside the roadway but now propose shifting the building back about 9 feet.

The move would require a setback variance from the village and a variance for the loss of most of a 10-foot buffer from the Town of Hamburg. Part of the lot at Legion Drive and Buffalo Street is in the village and part is in the town.

The former Corto's Salon was demolished last week, and the site is being prepared for construction. Allen said the foundation is supposed to be completed by April 15.

Also Monday, the board denied a request from the Metro Group for an internally lit sign at its new location in the Hamburg Village Plaza.

Village building design standards require an externally lit sign, while the plaza requires internally lit signs. Board members said they need to be consistent with the design standards.

Other merchants have encountered the same requirement when they wanted to replace or erect a new sign.

The board also approved the mayor's appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Ryan McCann will serve as a member until April 2, 2012, David Rust will be an alternate until April 4, 2011, and Raymond Myers will serve as an alternative until April 1, 2013.

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