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Solar power generating project put on hold by Grand Island Town Board

The Grand Island Town Board put some shade on a proposed $10 million solar power generating facility at Bedell Road and Industrial Drive, tabling the item after one resident expressed his concerns at a public hearing Monday night.

Ron Rezebak, a town Conservation Advisory Board member, called the clearing of the land for the 18-acre solar project an "environmental abortion," which would increase noise and air pollution from the adjacent I-190.

Developer Frank McCleneghen said there will be a 50-foot buffer of scrub brush on the site, but he said a wall of trees would impact the solar resources.

The project has received approval from the town's planning and zoning boards.

Supervisor Nathan McMurray said the land is zoned for industrial use and a factory or a parking lot could have been proposed. With McMurray dissenting, the board tabled the project until its next meeting, June 19.

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