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Office park proposed in Clarence

The owner of Buffalo Pharmacies wants to develop a professional office park behind his location on Transit Road in Clarence.

Joe Voelkl has outlined plans for a four-building office park with total square footage of 45,000 square feet. The park would be built on 7.5 acres at 6041 Transit Road, north of Clarence Center Road.

The site was previously on track to be developed into an office park, with even more square footage than Voelkl's plan, by North Forest Office Space. But North Forest ultimately did not build that project.

Town Supervisor David C. Hartzell Jr. praised Voelkl's plan.

"It's what we need in the Town of Clarence," he said at Wednesday's Town Board meeting. "It's not just great office space, but it looks good, too, which is nice when you can combine the two."

The Town Board scheduled a public hearing for May 9 on a proposed rezoning of the property to restricted business from its commercial and residential single-family classification. A companion public hearing will be held that night to consider issuing a special exception use permit for the project.

In other business, the Town Board discussed Towne Automotive Group's plan to build a standalone Mini sales and service location across Main Street from the car dealership's current home, just east of Transit Road. Towne now sells Minis and BMWs at a joint location.

Towne has estimated the cost of the project, including investment in the property and the facility, at $2.5 million. The auto group started selling Minis in 2002.

Towne needs a special exception use permit from the Town Board for the project. The Town Board approved referring the request to the Planning Board to start a formal review.

The Town Board also approved designating the Ernst home, consisting of a residence and barn at 4765 Ransom Road, as a local historic landmark, per the request of the property's owner. The Clarence Hollow property, built around 1860, becomes the 18th member of the local historical register.