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Robinson Road kennel gets permit

The Town of Lockport Planning Board is expected to grant a permit this week for a commercial dog kennel on Robinson Road.

The 5,200-square-foot building is to be erected later this year on a 4.47-acre parcel opposite the intersection of Robinson and East Canal roads.

During a work session last week, the Planning Board declined to give the kennel owner, Janet Zehr of Newfane, approval for a second building of the same size, which would contain a veterinary clinic and a dog-training center.

Zehr said the second phase would be "market-dependent. It would be somewhere around three or four years [away]."

"I don't see how we can approve a building four years out. We don't know what the zoning will be in four years," said Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman.

A quarter-acre pond Zehr wants to put in near the northern border of the property would require a variance, said town planning consultant Andrew C. Reilly.

Kristin L. Savard of Advanced Design Group, the Lewiston firm serving as project engineer, said the pond was originally envisioned as part of the facility's drainage plan. However, Savard said, that has changed.

"It's more of an aesthetic pond," she said.

Though Reilly said he'd like to see more landscaping in front of the kennel, the board seemed ready to approve the special-use permit at its formal session at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.

Savard said the kennel will contain 28 "dog runs," and there will be a fenced-in outdoor play area.

Also at last week's session, Savard presented plans for a four-bay car wash at South Transit and Bartz roads.

The prospective owner, Craig Heidelman of Maryland, already owns a similar car wash in Wrights Corners, Savard said.

The board told Savard that it needs to see a more detailed site plan before it can act on a special-use permit.