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Industrial park takes final step

Hamburg Town Board members took the final step Monday night for the creation of a shovel-ready industrial park.

The 134-acre Lake Erie Commerce Center at Route 5 and Bayview Road now has all the environmental approvals needed for development. Businesses that want to move to the vacant land need only obtain their site plans approved and a building permit.

"We are the first community now in all of upstate New York to have a prepermitted site in our town, which is certainly going to aid us in attracting business into this community," Supervisor Steven J. Walters said. "The legacy of this resolution is going to be long felt by the town."

The board approved the findings statement on the final supplemental generic environmental impact statement, which sets out environmental impacts and how those impacts will be mitigated.

Increased traffic is one of the biggest impacts, since the site borders on the busy, six-lane, limited-access Route 5. Without mitigation, such as the addition of a new entrance onto Route 5 and changes to Bayview Road, "the potential transportation impacts from buildout of the project site could be significant," the findings state.

Since it's not known what type of businesses might locate in the park, it's not known how much traffic they will generate. The findings statement sets out traffic thresholds and the mitigation measures that would be required for each threshold.

Walters praised the work of town department heads and said it was a collaborative effort.

"It seemed like it went quick from a government standpoint," he said. "It took us about a year to get this done."

Also Monday night, the board:

Approved the demolition of three abandoned barn/garage structures at 1983 Lakeview Road that have been declared unsafe. Officials don't know who owns the former Hasbrouck Plastics.

Hired Barbara Lipka as a recreation attendant for $15 per hour. Councilwoman Amy Ziegler said Lipka would be the general manager at Woodlawn Beach State Park, working weekends.