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Proposed flag football arena clears 1st hurdle

A Lancaster sports bar seeking rezoning of 8.6 acres of land to build an enclosed sports arena has cleared the first hurdle.

But the town Planning Board’s rezoning approval Wednesday night for the land to a general business designation came with a caveat – restricting its use to commercial recreational activities.

The condition came from board member Rebecca Anderson, who expressed concern about the future of the land owned by Angry Buffalo @ The Rose Garden, which wants to host flag football, soccer and lacrosse games in the proposed facility on the south side of Wehrle Drive.

The Planning Board feared if the land were sold several years from now, without the condition, it might be used to build a department store or large business venture under the general business zoning.

“If we are afraid of them coming in with a department store, we need to limit the rest of the parcel’s use,” Anderson said.

So Anderson suggested the stipulation, which was favored by a majority of the Planning Board.

The tavern wants to build a 26,400-square-foot enclosed arena for adult sports leagues and youth sports leagues as part of a nearly $2 million project. Its plans also calling for expanded parking.

Williamsville-based Metzger Engineering, representing the sports bar, said it was fine with the additional condition. “There are not plans now, but I don’t want to limit my client from expanding recreational activities,” Mike Metzger told the board.

The Town Board ultimately has the final say over the project.

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