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Cheektowaga

Nearly half of the eight-items on the Zoning Board of Appeals agenda Wednesday – and some of the largest among them – will be presented by officials from Benderson Development Company Inc., including details for redeveloping a portion of Walden Avenue property at Union Road.

Benderson, in a November letter of intent, petitioned the town and zoning boards for a change in the town’s zoning from light manufacturing to retail business district on a nearly acre of land at the southeast corner of Walden and Union to pave the way for proposed 6,000 and 10,000 square foot retail building projects there.

The developer is also seeking setback and greenspace variances as part of the overall project.

Benderson proposes the demolition of the roughly 8,000 square foot former Hutchison Auto building as well as the roughly 2,500 square foot former Mighty Taco at the site and a portion of the more than 15,000 square foot building occupied by Theodore’s Red Hots.

The two planned new retail buildings there would have frontage on both Walden Avenue and Union Road, according to the developer’s plans.

Benderson also intends to discuss issues with zoning board members relative to the proposed 183,000 square foot Walmart Supercenter at 2500 Walden and a proposed 5,550 square foot retail building at 2333 William St.

The zoning board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

Also this week:

• The Maryvale School Board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the board room at the Samuel R. Bennett Administration Building, 1050 Maryvale Drive.

• The Town Board will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council office conference room at town hall.

• The Depew School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Depew High School, 5201 S. Transit Road.

• The Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave.

• An extracurricular/interscholastic sports budget forum will be held in the Cleveland Hill Union Free School District at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the district office community room, 105 Mapleview Road. Community members are invited to learn about the process employed by the district in constructing its annual budget as well as ask questions and express their concerns. The budget forum precedes a 7 p.m. regularly scheduled meeting of the board in the same location.

• Baby sitters will be trained in a “fun, interactive” way at the Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander Ave., starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The course, which comes with a $48 fee, provides instruction on first aid and safety skills that will enable baby sitters to “prevent and respond to emergencies.” The course will also focus on child care, leadership and business building skills. There are two 2.5 hour sessions starting Wednesday and continuing Jan. 23. Students completing the program, which is designed for 11- to 15-year-olds, will receive a baby sitter’s text, first aid kit as well as a “starter package” and certification card. The fee for the course is $48.