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Agricultural Discovery Building plan approved by the Hamburg Planning Board

The Hamburg Planning Board voted to approve the site plan presented by the Erie County Agricultural Society for a new 52,133 square foot Agricultural Discovery Building to be constructed on the Hamburg Fairgrounds.

The new center, which will be open all year round for agricultural exhibits and shows, will require the demolition of three buildings currently located on the southwest portion of the agricultural section of the Hamburg Fairgrounds, bordering the raceway. According to the presenter, those three buildings have had some fire hazard issues, and demolition will commence with the end of this year’s Erie County Fair.

In other business, the board at their Wednesday (Feb. 20) meeting:

• Approved a site plan for planned additions to greenhouses at Gullo’s Garden Center at 4767 Southwestern Boulevard. There will be two additions: one extending a greenhouse 20 feet towards Southwestern Boulevard, and another adding 36 feet to the back end of a greenhouse. Gullo’s still needs a zoning variance for the addition that extends the greenhouse closer to Southwestern Boulevard, but the Hamburg Planning Board passed a positive recommendation on to that group.

• Approved a site plan submitted by Suburban Adult Services, Inc., for a 12-unit apartment building to be constructed west of 3054 Abbott Road in Hamburg. The project is the second phase of a construction project and will create a complex that mirrors the adjacent apartment building that Suburban Adult Services already owns.

This second phase is not funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, although the first phase did receive HUD funding.

Although there will be shared access between the two sites through the parking lot, Suburban Adult Services will need to install separate water lines, sanitary sewer taps and other utility features as this construction project is on a different lot than the first phase.

The board next meets on Wednesday, March 6.


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