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Evans Planning Board recommends rezoning for liquor store

The possibility of a new liquor store being built on Route 5 in Derby took another positive step towards reality on Wednesday (Nov. 28).

Richard Schaper Jr., the owner of Liberty Liquor, currently located at 6864 Erie Road, is looking to relocate to a vacant facility at 6778 Erie Road.

To begin the process, the approximate .33 acre parcel needs to be rezoned from motor service to general business.

On Nov. 14, Schaper appeared before the Evans Zoning Board of Appeals and was granted a parking/loading and stacking variance for the project along Putnam Drive with the condition that there be landscaping, with four trees and grass in that area. This is to help delineate the space between the parking and the road. Currently there is little delineation in the boundaries between the two.

Drainage issues were also discussed and it was agreed that even if there was a change in the drainage plans, the landscaping would not change.

Schaper has also agreed that if any work has to be done in the right-of-way, the landscaping will be maintained and not be compromised. If the trees die, they are to be replaced.

After a further discussion by the Evans Planning Board at the Nov. 28 meeting, the board passed a positive recommendation for the rezoning, based on the following reasons:

• The project appears to be consistent with the town’s comprehensive plan.

• The project will revitalize a piece of property that is currently not being used.

According to the board, this use will bring a viable business to that area and will improve the value of the property.

• This will also result in aesthetic improvements for the property which will enhance the character of the site and the surrounding community.

• This action enables the town to retain a viable business in the community.

One condition was placed on the positive recommendation, that the project must comply with the conditions that were set on the site plan, including the maintenance agreement.

The Evans Town Board had scheduled a public hearing at 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 to discuss the rezoning.

If approved by the town, Schaper said he plans on keeping the existing building and incorporate some improvements.

“It will be nice to own the property and make the store my own, with my own touches inside.” Schaper said. He is hoping to be able to open by May 1.

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