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Checkers restaurant seeks variances to open on East Side

Checkers may be coming to Buffalo's East Side.

William Nowak wants to convert a used car dealer and maintenance facility at 2655 Bailey Ave. into a new location for the quick-service restaurant, known for its burgers, hot dogs, wings and fries.

Plans by Michael Berger of Sutton Architecture call for installing a prefabricated modular building with walk-up and drive-thru services.

But Nowak, who owns the property through Beach LaSalle Properties LLC, says such a building can't be modified to meet the "transparency" requirements for first-floor windows under the new Green Code. Additionally, it needs to have the drive-thru lane positioned properly, or "our franchisor will not approve this location for development," he wrote in his application.

He is seeking five variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

"These variances are absolutely necessary to continue with development," he wrote. "Our building was configured to facilitate the efficiency of our business. Additional windows and the repositioning of our building on the site are not optional for our business."

He notes that "we have already invested a great deal of time and funds to get to this point in the project," and adds that "we will have to abandon the project" without the variances.

"We believe the building will bring a new vitality to the local community," Nowak wrote in his application to the city. "We will be providing needed employment to the community. The business will also give the community more dining options."

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