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Rival developer delays approval of Lockport Five Guys restaurant

LOCKPORT - In Lockport, other guys have a problem with Five Guys.

The town Planning Board this week delayed action on the first Niagara County location of Five Guys Burgers and Fries after objections were raised at a Tuesday night public hearing. Planning Board Chairman Richard Forsey said the complaints came from the owner of a nearby strip plaza and the manager of the Lockport Burger King.

He said the board kept a public hearing open until its next meeting at 4 p.m. Dec. 6.

Benderson Development is proposing to expand an existing building at 5716 S. Transit Road with a 2,650-square-foot addition that would house Five Guys. The addition would be on the west side of a structure that currently houses Empire Visionworks, White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt and GameStop. All those tenants are to remain.

However, according to Forsey, Glen Miller, president of Robert Miller Construction and owner of a strip plaza at the rear of the property, objected that the new restaurant would block motorists' view of that plaza as they pass on South Transit Road.

"He thought the extension would limit exposure to the plaza. You couldn't see it from the intersection of (the entrance to) Home Depot Plaza and South Transit," Forsey said. Miller did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Benderson's existing front building, with the yogurt, eyeglass and video game stores, shares a parking lot with Burger King, whose management worried about parking availability.



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