TOWN OF NIAGARA – The site of a former Walmart and Sam’s Club location on Porter Road was rezoned Tuesday by the Town Board to allow for a new warehouse and distribution business.
The light industrial designation would allow the two stores to be combined by a third building that would be used to store materials for shipment from the parcel at 5555 Porter Road.
Councilman Richard Sirianni cast the lone vote in opposition to the move because he said there was too little information about who was buying the property and the specifics of the plan. Light industrial zoning can encompass hazardous materials, he noted. He said there was talk that paper would be stored at the location, which could put the town in danger of a fire hazard.
After the meeting, Richard Soluri, a representative of Reger Enterprises, the firm that now owns the property, said there were no plans to store paper at the site and the materials would include sporting goods and items for the home.
During the public hearing on the matter, Supervisor Lee Wallace said the new business would be subject to stipulations by the town on its operations to prevent disturbances in the area from noise and truck traffic.
In other action, the board shot down a request that would have allowed a Belden Center car repair business to receive and ship customized guns, rifles and gun parts.
In a unanimous vote, the board rejected the request to modify the special use permit for Miracle Motors at 2910 Louisiana Ave. to conduct firearms transportation.
Attorney Connie Lozinsky, the agent for Artisan Stock & Gunworks Inc., assured the board there would be no gun sales on the property and all the materials would be boxed and secured. She said the business would be “essentially a mailbox.”
However, nearby residents warned that many neighborhood children play at the new playground in the area and ride their bicycles past the business. They said safety would be a primary concern.