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Buffalo Truck Center to build on Bailey Avenue

Buffalo Truck Center will relocate from its longtime location at 271 Dingens St. to nearby 837 Bailey Ave.

The truck sales and service center will build a 44,500-square-foot building on the 10.5 acre site. There will be a tractor trailer repair facility in the back of the building.

The new site was formerly an auto salvage yard, which has left it a brownfield. The company is working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to remediate contamination at the property. Much of the land will be paved as part of that remediation process, in an effort to cap contaminants and prevent them from leaching to the surface.

The truck dealership sells new and used tractor trailer trucks. It also services, leases and rents vehicles and has a vast inventory of parts. It specializes in the Mack, Volvo, Isuzu and Hino brands.

Before construction can go forward, the company has to address some design issues. The Buffalo Planning Board tabled the Truck Center’s request for site plan approval Monday because of a planned 30-foot outdoor Volvo sign it said was too large. The board said two 18-foot signs would be sufficient instead.

“Even at Bailey and Dingens, that’s way out of scale,” said Cynthia Schwartz, a board member.

The company will also need a variance for a planned eight-foot-high fence, which is two feet taller than allowed.