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Petri warehouse rezoning OK'd

Petri Baking Co. cleared another hurdle in its quest to build a warehouse near its operations in the village.

The Village Board on Monday said the project would not hurt the environment and approved a rezoning of the area from residential to commercial use.

Petri has been in the village for more than 50 years and recently sought a use variance to build a warehouse on a wooded site in a residential area near its Main Street factory.

Several neighbors who have opposed the construction due to noise and issues about the view from their property questioned the board about the move.

Petri employs 256 full-time workers in the village, and representatives of the company said that the on-site warehouse was essential to continue to grow the business in Silver Creek.

The approval was granted by a 3-1 vote, with Greg Cole voting against both the rezoning and the declaration. Cole said his vote was not against Petri but against the wording in the environmental impact.

The approval was one of several steps the company has taken to build on the land. A state Department of Environmental Conservation review will follow.

The company had hoped to start the project in the spring but now plans to break ground in the summer months, with a potential to have the new warehouse ready for products by late fall.

e-mail: citydesk@buffnews.com

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