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Salvatore grandson seeks zoning change on Transit Road

The grandson of Salvatore’s Italian Gardens founder Russell Salvatore is seeking Clarence Town Board approval to construct a new mixed-use building on Transit Road, just south of the lavish restaurant that his father now runs at Transit and Genesee streets.

Russell Salvatore Jr. wants to demolish an existing residential structure at 6449 Transit and put up a two-story building that would include 6,748 square feet of commercial space on the first floor, plus eight residential apartments – two on the first floor and six on the second. The apartments would all be two-bedroom units.

The 4.87-acre site, just north of Old Post Road, on the east side of Transit, is located in a “major arterial” zone, and Salvatore wants Clarence to rezone it as “restricted business,” in accordance with an amendment to the town’s master plan. The project would include up to 69 parking spaces.

He is also seeking a special exception use permit for the project, which is undergoing a required environmental review with the town Planning Board. He could not be reached for comment.

Salvatore’s grandfather now runs Russell’s Steaks Chops & More and Salvatore’s Grand Hotel at 6675 Transit, while his father, Joseph Salvatore, is now the owner of Salvatore’s Italian Gardens and Salvatore’s Garden Place Hotel.

Separately, Kenyon Brothers is seeking approval to demolish existing structures at 8250-8274 Main St. in Clarence, and to build a new convenience store with a drive-thru Tim Hortons inside and a gas-island pump station.

The 1.13-acre site, consisting of two separate properties at the northeast corner of Main and Westwood roads, lies in the Harris Hill Traditional Neighborhood District. Kenyon Brothers is seeking a special exception use permit, followed by formal Planning Board review of the project.