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Plan bans industry on Meadow Drive

Rezoning will prohibit any industrial or manufacturing use along the planned extension of Meadow Drive, Mayor Robert G. Ortt said Tuesday.

Work on the $2 million project to extend Meadow Drive about one-third of a mile eastward from its present dead end to a new intersection with Erie Avenue is expected to begin this fall. Construction is expected to take about four months.

The extension will open nearby land for development and will make driving through North Tonawanda's central business district easier, according to city officials. Part of the existing Meadow Drive is heavily residential, and neighbors had expressed concerns that industries or manufacturing plants might be built along the planned extension.

Ortt and 3rd Ward Alderman Eric Zadzilka, who represents the neighborhood, have been trying to work out an acceptable zoning plan. Ultimately, officials decided to prohibit any heavy industrial uses but to permit small businesses or stores in the commercial area near the new intersection of Meadow Drive and Erie Avenue.

Ortt said Tuesday that nobody spoke against the proposed rezoning at a public hearing on Aug. 2, and he recommended that the Common Council "move forward with the rezoning of Meadow Drive." The five-member Council unanimously accepted his recommendation.

The mayor said the project had been "talked about since 1977," and suggested that all points of view had been discussed in the intervening years.

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