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91-home patio home development proposed in Wheatfield

WHEATFIELD – A 91-unit patio home development is being proposed for the Woodlands Corporate Center mixed-use development off Shawnee Road, the Town Board was told this week.

Town Engineer Timothy Zuber reported that the Planning Board has received a plan from Calamar, the owners of Woodlands, for the patio homes in their complex.

No action has been taken so far for the plan on Forest Parkway, which will require a rezoning of 32 acres to a planned unit development classification. A private road 4,300 feet long is part of the plan, Zuber said, but the plan as originally submitted was too dense in terms of population, and lacked the 25 percent of green space that the town code mandates.

“They are going back to the drawing board,” Zuber said.

Councilman Gilbert G. Doucet noted that Calamar has received property tax breaks in the past, but Zuber said he didn’t know if the patio homes will be covered by such abatements.

“They want to make sure they have a viable plan before they find out if you’re even interested,” Zuber told the board.

He said the planners also received a sketch plan from Driftwood Suites, 2760 Niagara Falls Blvd., for the construction of four new townhouses, which also has yet to come to a vote.

The Planning Board did approve Retina Associates of Western New York’s plan to construct a 9,000-square-foot, one-story building, half for its business and the other half for an unrelated professional office.

The former Niagara Gutter site, now a dental office, at 3448 Niagara Falls Blvd., may be augmented by construction of a new two-story, 1,500-square-foot building with a retail store on the first floor and an apartment on the second floor. Zuber said the board told owner Timothy Hannon of the requirements for filing a formal request.

At Zuber’s request, the board scheduled a May 18 public information meeting on the annual submission of the town’s stormwater management plan to the state.

On another topic, the board approved the settlement of an assessment lawsuit filed last July by Shawnee Road homeowner Daniel A. Knoll Jr. He sued over an assessment of $134,100, and the board agreed to reduce it to $115,000. Knoll’s lawsuit had sought a valuation of $96,156.

In other matters, the board approved the creation of a capital reserve fund to pay for a veterans memorial to be constructed in Fairmount Park. The goal is to raise $500,000 to place in that fund. Town Attorney Robert J. O’Toole said the creation of the fund is subject to a referendum if someone gathers petition signatures from 5 percent of the town’s voters within 30 days.

“I can’t in a million years imagine anybody doing that,” O’Toole said.

The board also received the results of online auctions it had ordered for old equipment, proceeds that turned out to be greater than the trade-in offers the town had received for the old equipment.

The board accepted auction bids of $13,701 for a 2002 Bobcat skid-steer, $10,500 for a 2008 Kubota truck and $2,975 for a snowblower attachment. It then applied those proceeds to new purchases: $40,464 for a Bobcat, $5,555 for a snowblower and $3,233 for a V-shaped snowplow blade, with the latter two items to be attached to the Bobcat.