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Tonawanda to consider proposed Delta Sonic on Niagara Falls Boulevard

Delta Sonic's proposed car wash and gas station on Niagara Falls Boulevard will be considered by the Tonawanda Planning Board at its meeting at 7 p.m. tonight.

Delta Sonic wants to demolish four existing buildings and build a car wash, convenience store and gas canopy with six fueling stations on 2.3 acres at 2494-2520 Niagara Falls Boulevard, just south of Ellicott Creek. Its plan was on the agenda in December for a preliminary review. Planning Board Chairman Kenneth Swanekamp asked the developer then to reach out to the nearby homeowners.

He called the commercial lots along Niagara Falls Boulevard in that area "shallow" and said other redevelopment projects, such as a hotel under construction several blocks south of the proposed Delta Sonic, have caused concerns for neighbors.

If approved, the Delta Sonic would be the third Delta Sonic on Niagara Falls Boulevard, joining locations in Amherst and Niagara Falls.

The Planning Board is also expected to discuss safety concerns involving that stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard, north of the I-290, where five pedestrians have been killed by cars since June 2013.

The towns of Tonawanda and Amherst are working together with the state Department of Transportation and National Grid to develop a plan that would install more street lighting on that stretch of the boulevard.

The issue came to the forefront again on Feb. 15 when a pedestrian was injured while crossing the road on Niagara Falls Boulevard at Thistle Avenue – the same intersection where another pedestrian was killed in August. Niagara Falls Boulevard is five lanes wide in that section of the road and there is no traffic signal or crosswalk at the intersection.

Police said at least three of the five pedestrians killed were crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard to get to bus stops. At least two were crossing against a traffic light and one woman was not in a crosswalk when she was struck by a car.

Also on the agenda is:

  • Action on Boss Cars, a small used car sales lot at 797 Sheridan Drive, which received a special permit to operate in the area from the Town Board.
  • An update on code revisions for wind energy and telecommunication towers.
  • A preliminary site plan review and special use permit for Triad to add a second wind turbine at its site at 3755 River Road.
  • A discussion of bikeways as part of the town's streets policy.

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