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February 27, 2013

North Tonawanda council weighs alley closure

Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda is set to close an alley near the popular Oliver Street bar, Partners Tavern, partly in response to complaints of noise and disturbances from its clientele. 

The common council held a brief public hearing on the issue on Tuesday, where the bar’s owner Jim Mullins, who has run the business for the last 25 years, said he’s been vigilant with attempts to keep disturbances at a minimum in and near the alley, which abuts the residential neighborhood of 8th and 9th avenues. 

Joseph Blake, of 76 8th Ave., had contacted City Hall nearly “a dozen times” according to clerk/treasurer Scott Kiedrowski to express his concerns after he said a vehicle he owned was burglarized and an intoxicated individual mistakenly entered his house. 

However, Lynda Lee, who lives next door at 74 8th Ave. said she has seen only a handful of problems related to the bar during the last two decades. 

The alley, an unused fire lane, also affects the owners of Niagara Auto Repair, Abdel Alshafai and Azam Hadzic, who planned on using the alley as an entrance point for part of the building they would like to rent out. They purchased the structure, also on Oliver Street, three years ago.

The concerned parties will try to come to a mutually amicable decision on their own, adding that they alley is overgrown with trees and riddled with potholes. Blake said he would like to purchase part of the property to extend his backyard and put up a fence for security. 

Council President Rich Andres said the council will carefully consider all sides before making a final determination, while Mayor Rob Ortt said the council will weigh its options related to “the issues over the last two-plus years” tied to complaints from residents. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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