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Clarence subdivision on Greiner gets go-ahead

Planning will move forward for a subdivision on the north side of Greiner Road between Shimerville and Thompson roads in the Town of Clarence.

The Town Board accepted the final supplemental environmental impact statement Wednesday night for Cimato Brothers Construction’s Northwoods Open Space Design Subdivision after a little tweaking and the recommendation of the Planning Board.

“We have redesigned it several times and made some readjustments based on the neighbors’ comments,” said Jeff Palumbo, attorney for Cimato Brothers Construction.

“Citizens’ main concern was protecting the vistas, and bike path issues with connecting Northwoods with existing bike paths to Waterford [Estates], and sewer capacity,” said Planning Board Chairman Bob Sackett.

“That’s what is coming to an end now with this environmental study.”

The subdivision, which was first proposed more than two years ago, would consist of nearly 150 lots. The existing vacant land covers about 120 acres in the residential single-family zone.

The Planning Board has already begun developing a findings statement for approval by the Town Board.

“We’ll talk about protecting the creek, bike paths and open space issues,” said Sackett.

In other business, Councilman Bernard Kolber announced that a developer will try to incorporate one of the town’s historically significant residences into a project, rather than tearing down the vacant home.

Sean Hopkins of the Traditional Neighborhood District originally requested a demolition permit for the building at 8785 Main St. in order to accommodate a mixed-use project at the site in the future.

The residence is estimated to have been built sometime between the 1850s and early 1860s with brick that was manufactured in the Town of Clarence.