The Elma Town Board has granted a new temporary-use permit for Bryan Young’s Seasonal Nursery at 90 New Bullis Road.
Young last year asked for the permit for storage purposes during the construction of a new nursery on Bullis Road, a few miles away.
The new permit, which must be approved by the Planning Board, includes additional storage items not in the previous permit, including RVs, cars, boats and trailers from Buffalo RV – a Southwestern Boulevard business that sits on land owned, in part, by Young.
The board voted 3 to 1, with board member James Malczewski dissenting.
In other business, Marlene Baumgartner, president of the Elma Historical Society, told board members the original gatehouse to Camp Centerland at 2280 Bullis Road has been purchased by Young Development at a cost of $80,000.
The gatehouse, which is 112 years old, served as the caretaker’s dwelling. Baumgartner also expressed displeasure that Young felled a 200-year-old tree.
“We need the Town Board to oversee Young’s future plans before they can disrupt the community,” she said.
Young, who last year purchased the 80-acre Camp Centerland, razed the nearly century-old Lee mansion on the site, angering those who wanted to preserve it as a historic building.
Young also attempted to apply for a permit to build 14 apartment buildings on the site, prompting the board to call for a moratorium on the town’s building code of multiple units. The hearing on the issue drew nearly 100 residents.
Currently, the board is investigating a program to save historic buildings and homes.
The board also:
• Approved a business-use permit for Marco Island Restorations at 7120 Seneca St., the site of the former Trailerland. Marco Island’s owner, Joseph Sahlen, plans to use the 2.7-acre site to construct a 7,000-square-foot building for restoration and storage of antique cars.
• In a 3-1 vote, approved the creation of Drainage District 192.
The district is expected to alleviate drainage problems of homeowners in the area and also meet the demands for future development, officials said.