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Diamonds require zoning change

A proposal to construct two baseball diamonds for the Challenger Sports League will require a zoning change, Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman told the Planning Board on Wednesday.

The league for physically handicapped children and adults has been seeking a permanent home in the Lockport area for the past few years.

Wednesday, Timothy Arlington of Apex Contracting presented a proposal for two diamonds in Ulrich Business Park off the south end of Davison Road.

However, Seaman said the business park is zoned as a planned unit development, with business and residential uses the only ones allowed at present. He said the Town Board would have to act on a rezoning request to add a recreational use to that plan.

The park has a patio home development, a printing plant, a construction company and a physical therapy office.

Arlington said the diamonds, measuring 150 feet from home plate to the outfield fence, would be located south of the physical therapy office and would have rubberized base paths for use by players in wheelchairs.

Planning Board member Scott Carlson said the 19 parking spaces proposed might not be enough, especially if two games were going on at once.

The Challenger League used Lockport Little League's field on Lincoln Avenue this season.

A proposal to include two diamonds in a large residential subdivision off Beattie Avenue sank with the subdivision, which never has been built. The land is now for sale.

In other matters, Wednesday, the board approved a new facade for Heinrich Chevrolet on South Transit Road on the condition that the company plant at least two trees on the north side of its building.

The facade change, mandated by General Motors, replaces an earlier proposal to expand the building, Arlington said.

The board approved two private residential ponds: one of 30,000 square feet, 11 feet deep, on property owned by Gretchen Carney on Raymond Road, and one of 7,500 square feet, 8 1/2 feet deep, on Jason Phipps' property on Crosby Road.

In both cases, the board required that the dirt removed remain on the property.