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Hamburg gives property owner 2 weeks to withdraw controversial rezoning request

The Town of Hamburg is giving the owner of an electronics manufacturing firm two weeks to withdraw his proposal for an athletic facility at his business in an industrial park.

Neighbors living off Bayview Road vigorously opposed the plan for indoor volleyball courts that could be used for other sports, particularly when they learned it included a concession stand that would sell alcohol.  They also were concerned about increased traffic and noise from the property, which has exterior volleyball courts now. The project would require a rezoning of a portion of the industrial property.

But now the owner of the property at Ravenwood Industrial Park has asked the town for a one-year delay, while he pursues an "urgent business opportunity."

The opportunity "will result in extraordinary positive economic impact to Hamburg and WNY in the form of new jobs, additional tax revenues and significant business growth in support of United States military requirements," Jeff Kryszak, president of K-Technologies, said in a letter to the town.

He said he wants to build a new accessory use building for his expanding business on Jeffrey Boulevard near Bayview Road, and the layout and parking requirements would affect his current request to rezone part of his parcel from manufacturing to a park/recreation lands district.

Town Board members were on the verge of determining the project could result in significant environmental impacts, requiring him to undertake a lengthy environmental impact study.  They also said they believe the rezoning is not in conformance with the town's comprehensive plan.

Planning consultant Drew Reilly said there is no provision in town law that would allow a board to place a project "on hold" for  year. Town Attorney Walter Rooth III agreed, and said a number of circumstances in the next year could affect the rezoning, including the addition of two members to the Town Board.

"It's really not appropriate to put matters on hold for a year," Rooth said.

Reilly said he will contact Kyrszak, and give him two weeks to withdraw his rezoning application. If Kryszak wants to pursue the project in a year, he would have to make a new application, town officials said.



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