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Addressing Zero Main Street concerns

Editor:

Some concerns have been raised that a recent ad placed in the Sun in opposition to the “Zero Main Street” apartment project misrepresented some issues, regarding the recent building on Buffalo Street, a picture of which was included in the ad.

While we did not pay for the ad, we had input into it and are in full agreement with representations made. If anyone was offended by the depiction, we apologize for that. We have been told that the building depicted in the ad did not require any building variances and met all village requirements.

While that may well be true, in our opinion, as well as many other residents, that building unfortunately does not fit in the area in which it was built. This is our very concern with the “Zero Main Street” proposal – the proposed buildings do not fit on the lot for which they are proposed. And in the “Zero Main Street” proposal, this fact is underlined by the need of the developer to request several significant variances, including a more than 400 percent variance in the size of the largest proposed building.

In our opinion, the zoning laws are meant as a protection to surrounding residents and need to be adhered to. Additionally, approval of these variance requests could affect not just the surrounding residents, but could be used in the future as a basis to support similar variance requests elsewhere in the village – a concern to all village residents.

While there are too many arguments against this proposal to discuss here, we ask that all concerned residents come to the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting when this project is presented, to hear the discussion and voice your opinions.

This project was scheduled for discussion on July 3, but was withdrawn and will be resubmitted and rescheduled for discussion. Please watch for the announcement of the scheduling.

Bob and Ruthanne Wannop
Hamburg
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