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Wendy’s Proposed for McKinley Parkway

Arista Development is proposing to construct a Wendy’s restaurant at 969 McKinley Parkway in South Buffalo. The 2,591 sq.ft. restaurant would occupy a 1.4-acre parcel currently occupied by a shuttered off-track betting facility that would be demolished.

Like most fast food restaurants with drive-thrus, a number of Variances are required: front and corner side yards greater than 10 feet, under 70 percent front façade transparency, not meeting buffer requirements, and excessive ground floor height.

Rejected Site Plan
Proposed Site Plan

From the project application:

The Wendy’s restaurant itself will be a 2,591 square foot restaurant with attractive franchise standard design elements, fenestration, and coloring. Additionally, the Project strategically orients the site plan to place the drive-through lane and vehicle stacking in the rear of the Property. Consequently, the building itself fronts McKinley Parkway to enhance pedestrian access and encourage a more impactful streetscape. Applicant hopes this Project serves as a model for D-S redevelopment in the City.

The elevations indicate an attractive façade that goes beyond traditional fast-food restaurant design to incorporate contemporary design features like a 21 foot high branded blade and lighting. Importantly, because the building is at the lot line, it sets the bar for D-S and fast food development, eschewing front yard stacking and enhancing pedestrian access, which positively impacts the neighborhood. In addition, a positive change in the neighborhood results from the elimination of a long vacant building.


Built in 1998, the building on the site served as a Western Regional OTB location.  The Zoning Board of Appeals will consider the project  at its Thursday meeting.

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