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2013-10-09 / Front Page

Gas station remodel more complicated than meets the eye

by STEVEN JAGORD
Editor

The proposed remodeling of an existing gas station on Main Street was the subject of much debate during the Clarence Planning Board meeting on Oct. 2.

Stop & Gas, the current station, is located at 8250 Main St. on the northeast corner of Westwood Road.

Now the owners of Kenyon’s, which operates multiple convenience stores including one on Goodrich Road, is planning to expand the facility, including creation of a 3,000-square-foot store featuring a Tim Hortons coffee shop.

The size of the building, limited proposed parking — 12 spaces in all — and other features raised concerns from both the board and neighboring property owners.

“I’m just concerned you’re going to have a lot of stuff going on with a limited amount of space,” said Planning Board Vice Chairwoman Wendy Salvati. “I think that this is a nice project in the sense that I am happy to see that corner redeveloped from what it is, but I do have concerns, especially with regard to trucks and tankers coming in without a place to park.”

The amount of traffic that a Kenyon’s/Tim Hortons facility will generate was also a concern. Kenyon’s is a popular lunchtime destination for many, including contractors that drive large trucks and trailers. Tim Hortons locations in the region are also constantly busy.

“My concern is that they would park on Westwood,” said board alternate Steve Dale.

The preliminary concept review was approved by the board, but it still has some hurdles to overcome including issues with the drive-thru speaker facing residential lots, snow removal, Dumpster location and meeting the 40 percent green space requirement per town code.

Also on the board’s agenda at the meeting was the proposed demolition of a structure at 10647 Main St., adjacent to Clarence Bistro & Brew. Bistro owner Kathy Yu was in attendance to explain her business’s plans to raze the building and expand on the Bistro’s parking lot.

She also alluded to the possibility of the Bistro expanding in the future with an addition, although no details were given. Some concerns were raised however as to the intent of the expansion.

“We support the demolition of this building and the expansion of the parking, but I have huge concerns of any addition to the Bistro,” said neighbor Rose Massaro. “I have heard rumors about a banquet hall.”

Others came to the defense of the project regardless of what Yu’s intent is.

“We as a town are forcing people to fix their homes in the Hollow, but this [building] is beyond repair; this needs to come down,” said neighbor Roy Olsen. “I wholeheartedly support this, and I really want to look out my kitchen window and not see this eyesore anymore.”

The building, erected before 1950, must be reviewed by the commission before any bulldozers arrive on site.

In other action, Brothers of Mercy received preliminary concept review approval for a new senior housing complex on its Bergtold Road campus.

The next Planning Board meeting will be a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, to discuss Master Plan 2025.

email: sjagord@beenews.com

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