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Delta Sonic car wash plans worry Town of Tonawanda neighbors, DOT

Both the Department of Transportation and neighbors have expressed concerns over plans for a new Delta Sonic location on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda.

The site plan review was adjourned Wednesday night by the Tonawanda Planning Board, but it is expected to return to the board's agenda at its April 5 meeting.

Delta Sonic has proposed demolishing four existing buildings to build an automatic 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. If the plans go forward, it would be the third Delta Sonic on Niagara Falls Boulevard, with sites already in operation in Niagara Falls and Amherst.

James Hartz, director of planning and development for the town, said the Department of Transportation had concerns about the proposed traffic pattern and asked developers to submit a new plan that would have traffic enter in the first driveway, rather than the second driveway, from the southbound lane of Niagara Falls Boulevard.

"We've been waiting for the developer to submit revised site plans, but we have not received those yet," said Hartz.

The site is also what the planning board has called a "shallow lot" along Niagara Falls Boulevard, meaning it is close to residential properties. Hartz said residents were contacted by the developer and about five or six potential neighbors expressed concerns about noise, lighting and pollution from idling vehicles.

Hartz said as soon as they receive the revised plans the board is going to try and set up a meeting between the developer and residents to work out any issues.

The site already contains a Dr. Huggs Car Wash and three former residential properties that were converted into office spaces. Hartz said Delta Sonic has an option to buy the properties, which it would exercise if the needed approvals are garnered. In  the meantime those businesses have remained open, said Hartz.

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