Two business projects – one in its infancy, the other just completed – took up most of the time at the Elma town council meeting Wednesday night.
Peter Delacy of Delacy Ford approached the council with a plan to convert a vacant lot that’s between his dealership’s body shop at 2961 Transit Road and a neighboring dealership into a vehicle storage lot.
A house once was on the lot, but Delacy razed the structure several years ago and has maintained it as a grassy, unused parcel.
The town council issued a preliminary use permit but then referred the plan to the town planning board for a secondary review.
Delacy said he wants to install millings on the lot for snow control and overflow product storage, stressing that the lot won’t be further developed.
“It’s wedged between two commercial properties,” Delacy said. “I’m not going to sell cars or put up a building. I just want to park a few cars there when we have overflow issues.”
Councilmember Michael Nolan said he had no qualms about issuing the permit.
“The Delacys have been life-long residents and have made their investments in town,” said Nolan. “I’ve never heard a complaint about the Delacy Ford property.”
The council also issued a business use permit for a just-completed project, a Crosby’s convenience store with a Tim Hortons shop, on Maple Road near the Route 400 expressway.
The store is owned by Lockport-based Reid Petroleum, which leases the land from the neighboring Bach’s Towing.
Supervisor Dennis Powers praised the project, noting that fears of traffic backing up along Maple Road as drivers headed to the Tim Hortons drive-thru were eased soon after the location opened.
“It’s gotten rave reviews,” said Powers. “We haven’t seen the traffic back up on Maple Road. The drivers are using Maple Court for the entrance to Tim Hortons.”
Powers noted the gas station has also been able to handle customers without traffic backing up to the road.
Dave Petrosewicz, property manager for Reid’s Petroleum, said his company is pleased with the project’s result.