NIAGARA FALLS – The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday approved a “use variance” that will allow the former Nabisco warehouse on Buffalo Avenue to operate for 42 months as a cardboard storage facility for Cascades Recovery Inc.
Cascades operates the paper mills in the city at the Greenpac and Norampac facilities. Both raw materials and finished products will be stored at the 170,000-square-foot building.
The property, owned by a subsidiary of Niagara Falls Redevelopment, was last used as a warehouse at the end of 2001 and was rezoned after NFR bought it in 2006.
The board’s action, in which all seven members voted to support the proposal, was needed because the new zoning included the parcel as part of a downtown entertainment district, where warehousing is not a permitted use.
The approval came with a number of conditions, including the prohibition of outdoor storage and a variety of requirements related to fire prevention.