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The Town

June 19, 2013

Town's water tank to be torn down


Tonawanda News — Discussions over the zoning issue became unusually combative at the body’s last meeting when attorney Corey Auerbach, of Damon Morey LLC, took to the microphone to object to the proposal. Auerbach represents Arista LLC, which owns a single-family home directly to the west of the car shop, as well as a mixed-use commercial building to the south.

”We think the proposed use for this property is not appropriate for this location and that the application is facially deficient,” Auerbach said at the last meeting. “It does not comply with the minimum requirements.”

After back-and-forth between Shea, Auerbach and board member Joseph Bargnesi, the board approved the granting of the special use permit subject to the town attorney’s approval. 

But Monday night, per the attorney’s recommendation, the body voted to rescind the permit in a 3 to 1 vote. 

Also at Monday’s meeting: 

• The board authorized the supervisor to complete paperwork for a $400,000 grant secured by state Assemblyman Robin Schimminger for the reconstruction of Lincoln Park Drive. The Town Highway Department determined a complete reconstruction of the street is needed, including a new base, pavement, curbing and driveway aprons. The total cost for the project is estimated to be $426,000. Work on Lincoln will take place later this year. 

• The board set an 8 percent brokerage fee to any qualified and licensed New York state real estate broker who procures the sale of a portion of the North Youngmann Commerce Center, the town’s new business park. “This is just another step in us getting ready,” Emminger said. “The decision mirrors the City of Tonawanda’s Spaulding Commerce Center ... we are getting closer and closer to making this park a reality.” 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley

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