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Schuele Paint & Ace Hardware store owner plans expansion

The owner of Schuele Paint and Ace Hardware stores on Summer Street in Allentown wants to use an adjacent property to construct a one-story addition to the hardware store to allow more space for the retail business.

Paul Leahey is seeking Buffalo Preservation Board approval Thursday for the $300,000 project, which entails taking down an old greenhouse at 85 Linwood Ave. and replacing it with the addition to the store at 22 Summer. Plans by Silvestri Architects call for more merchandise aisles in the new space, as well as some outdoor retail.

The new construction would use the same brick and aluminum storefront glass system to match the existing building, maintaining the same look. The parking lot on the rest of the Linwood property would remain.

Leahey plans to open up the side façade of 12 Summer — the paint store — and install a storefront entry there that matches the hardware store.

The Buffalo Planning Board Monday will also consider a zoning map amendment for the project to enable the change.

The Planning Board will also consider special-use permit requests by:

  • Bethesda Community Development Corp. and Bethesda World Harvest International Church, to convert 0.08 acres of green space at 1356 Main St. next to Monro Muffler Brake into a commercial parking lot, to provide additional spaces for the church and other businesses in and around its mixed-use building.
  • Siomara Cheveres, to reopen a prior neighborhood food store at 1199 Kensington Ave., with no physical or structural changes planned for the building.

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