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New Subway restaurant construction in Hamburg raises concerns for residents

EAT FRESH — A new Subway restaurant is being erected at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Buffalo Street in Hamburg. Photo by Alicia Greco.
HAMBURG — The building process is in the works for the Subway restaurant at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Buffalo Street.

Franchise owner Donald Heppner also runs the Subway located at 5559 Camp Road.

“He’s been very good to work with,” said village of Hamburg Mayor Thomas Moses Sr.

The plan has gone through the entire process. To avoid future complications, Heppner checked with environmental planning to make sure that the property was safe to construct on, before purchasing. Approximately 20 years ago, the empty lot was a Shell gas station.

The current owner tested the area and took care of any issues before committing, which was a “smart move on his part,” according to Moses.

Once environmental planning approved the area for safety and cleanliness, Heppner hired Sutton Architects.

According to Architect David Sutton, the builders are working closely with the village to make the building unique, while stylistically fitting into the area and meeting the Subway criteria.

The plans went through various processes, before being proposed to the Hamburg Village Board: planning, architecture review and traffic safety. The board gave its approval for the plans.

Some local residents have expressed concern about traffic problems that could ensue, due to the location of the property.

“Is the village planning to make Euclid Avenue a one-way street, allowing entrance only from Buffalo Street?” asked a Hamburg resident, in a letter to the editor that was printed in last week’s issue of The Sun. “As a George Street resident, I remember this was tried, once before, and it did not go well.”

Moses said that the village plans to have traffic enter via only Buffalo Street and exit onto Euclid Avenue.

“To simplify things, [Euclid] maybe should be a right-hand turn only,” Moses said. That way, drivers would not be crossing traffic, thus eliminating potential for dangerous turns, according to the mayor.

Sutton commented, “The location was specifically selected because we’re encouraging pedestrian traffic. We do have a large number of parking spaces for a village location. The combination of the two make it an ideal.”

Moses said that he believed this setup would be safer and not as much of an inconvenience to turn right and take the roundabout back onto Buffalo Street.

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