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Spring opening eyed for sports park

The operator of an indoor sports park is hoping to get final approvals from the Town of Hamburg to open the facility this spring.

Michael D'Amico said a fire alarm engineer is to check out the building on Route 5 (Lake Shore Road) next week to determine the type of alarms that must be installed.

He hopes to file an application for a building permit by the end of next week.

"Hopefully early the week after that we'll get the building permit," he said.

D'Amico, who runs dozens of sports leagues through M/ile Sports, wants to transform the old industrial warehouse once used by Sweeney Specialty Metals into the Waterfront Sports and Entertainment Center.

The 80,000 square feet of turf would add practice space in the Southtowns for soccer, softball, football, kickball, lacrosse and other sports.

The Zoning Board of Appeals granted a use variance Aug. 16, and the Planning Board approved the project Dec. 7.

But M/ile Sports was ordered out of the building in November, when a building inspector discovered several people working in the building without a permit. D'Amico said workers laid down green turf and were cleaning up the area because he planned to have an open house. D'Amico was cited for performing work without a building permit, using the building without a certificate of occupancy and changing the occupancy of a building without approval from code enforcement officials.

D'Amico said he is hopeful once a permit is granted, the work can be finished within a couple weeks.

He said a sprinkler system is not required, according to state building codes. Staff at the town building department would not comment on whether sprinklers are required, saying only that the town has not received an application for a building permit.