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Traffic concerns are expressed over proposed complex on Lake Avenue in Hamburg

Neighbors surrounding a proposed apartment complex say they are concerned about the increased traffic the complex could bring to the already busy stretch of Lake Avenue near South Park.

Plans for the Oakwood Apartment complex involve two eight-unit apartment buildings on Lake. Richard Pohwat came out to Wednesday’s (June 20) Hamburg Town Planning Board meeting, as a representative of the estate of his mother Rita Pohwat, who lived on nearby Oakwood Avenue. Developer David Burke has already made plans to move the driveway of the new apartment complex to the far west of the site to avoid any traffic congestion. Pohwat also mentioned the possibility of new tenants moving into the old Hills plaza on Lake. It currently only has a few tenants, but Pohwat argued, “What if that plaza becomes busy again?” Planning Board members said they will consider moving the plaza entrance if more tenants purchase properties there. The Hamburg Traffic Safety Board is also currently considering the planning board’s recommendation to lower the speed limit on that stretch of Lake Avenue. “Everything is being done with a thought to the future. We took every precaution to ensure the safety of the community,” said planning board member Sasha Yerkovich.

Pohwat told the Planning Board that he plans to discuss the proposed apartment complex on Lake with neighbors and possibly bring them to the planning board’s next meeting. Planning Board Chair Peter Reszka welcomes public input on the matter and reminded those in attendance that a separate meeting involving the Erie County Highway Department, Newton Abbott Fire Department, Traffic Safety and planning board members was held last month to discuss traffic concerns. “We know the traffic situation on the stretch of Lake Avenue is problematic. Public safety is always our highest concern. I believe that we have addressed the traffic concerns as best we can.”

Pohwat also expressed concerns about the nearby retention pond. “We experienced flooding last time the land was regraded.” The town engineering department will look into any possible drainage issues prior to the next meeting. The apartment complex site plans are being modified to include the pond and the needed specifications in its construction for engineers to review. The planning board will consider site plan approval of the Oakwood Apartment Complex at its next meeting on Thursday, July 5.

Revised plans were also submitted to planning board members for the Camp Road Medical Park, adjacent to the Omni Medical Park on Camp, near Southwestern Boulevard. Plans were changed to add a connecting driveway to the rear of the property as well as a “right in only” for northbound traffic. The main driveway at the medical park was not able to be widened. A public hearing on the Camp Road Medical Park will be held on July 18.

Public hearings will also be held on July 18 to discuss Russo Development’s plans to build a new equipment storage facility on Old Milestrip Road, and the proposed Villages at Mission Hills Apartment Complex.


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