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Long-vacant corner in Tonawanda eyed for $1.2 million project

A developer plans to build apartments, retail space and a small parking garage in a $1.2 million revival of a long-vacant corner in the Town of Tonawanda.

Frank Chinnici's Legacy Development would construct the two-story, mixed-use building at Colvin Boulevard and Highland Parkway, across from Dash's Market.

The Town Board on Monday voted to rezone the two parcels at the site, 1230 Colvin and 176 Highland, to make way for the project, following the recommendation of the Planning Board, said James Hartz, the town's community development director.

Legacy has owned the properties since 2008. The single family home on the Colvin parcel was damaged by fire before Legacy bought it and, later, tore it down. Chinnici, who lives near this corner, said the company waited to finish other developments and for the real estate market to come back before tackling this project.

Legacy still needs site plan approval, but for now it proposes constructing a roughly 9,000-square-foot structure, with retail space on the ground floor and four apartments on the second floor. A garage would have six parking spaces in addition to a parking lot. Legacy is planning to move its offices into one of the retail spaces.


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