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Zoning Board Caves, Approves Storage Facility for Kenmore Avenue

The second time is a charm for Joe Dash.  His plan to turn the vacant Budwey’s market at 416 Kenmore Avenue into a storage facility has been approved by the Buffalo Zoning Board.  Dash made some cosmetic changes and added a green space buffer so that the new use will “fit in nicely with the neighborhood.”  It didn’t hurt that Damon Morey attorney Jeffrey Palumbo was pitching the project, a lawyer more frequently seen pushing through developments in Amherst.

The Buffalo News has the dirt:

With more brick on the building, and more green space buffering the lot from the street, the storage facility will fit in nicely with the neighborhood, attorney Jeffrey D. Palumbo, representing building owner Joe Dash, told the zoning board Tuesday.

“Brick columns run the entire length of the Kenmore Avenue frontage,” Palumbo told the board. “We’ve added extensive buffering to the site. We believe we have blended the building into the neighborhood. It’s a building that is far better than was presented in the first instance.”

The Zoning Board agreed, and granted the variance needed so that Dash can open a self-storage facility in a building that for decades was a supermarket.

The zoning board also approved a six-foot fence for the project, running along Kenmore Avenue.

The Zoning Board had denied the project in April.  One bright note, Dash dropped plans for seven additional self-storage buildings in the parking lot.  That three-acre area has been set aside for a “mixed-use development that will be determined sometime in the future” according to The Buffalo News.  Uncle Bob’s Apartments anyone?


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