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No action taken on Grand Island rezoning for seniors housing

The Grand Island Town Board decided not to act Monday on a request to rezone portions of Baseline Road and Grand Island Boulevard from single-family residential to multiple-family residential.

Colby Development is seeking the rezoning as part its plan to build 108 units of senior citizens’ housing on the land. Several Webb Road residents, who live on a street bisecting both streets in question, opposed the rezoning. They said they are not opposed to the development and that they just want the guarantee of a buffer between their homes and the apartments, which the current strip of single-family residential zoning would provide.

Also Monday, the board:

• Resolved to submit the West River Connector Trail Project to the Niagara River Greenway Commission, which would install an asphalt trail along the western shoreline of Grand Island, connecting Beaver Island and Buckhorn Island State Parks.

• Approved a letter to be sent to U.S. District Chief Judge William Skretny as he considers sentencing for Tonawanda Coke, which was found to have illegally polluted the air with cancer-causing chemicals. The impact statement said areas on Grand Island directly across from Tonawanda Coke show markedly higher rates of cancer than elsewhere on the island.