The Lancaster Town Board on Monday approved the site plan for a medical office building that will be constructed on a Transit Road property partly owned by Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli.
Fudoli recused himself from the vote on the site plan, and from an earlier discussion of the project’s environmental impact, and left the room after handing over control of the meeting to the deputy supervisor.
“Thank you for the transparency,” resident Mike Fronczak said after the Town Board vote.
The doctors behind the project, working under the name Buffalo Vascular Center LLC, have submitted plans for a one-story, 6,810-square-foot medical facility on the site at 6335 and 6337 Transit Road, at the northeast corner of Transit and Rehm roads.
Fudoli and his brother, Nicole, are selling off land at 6335 Transit that they have owned since 1992. The medical facility project, which was approved Monday without discussion, combines the Fudolis’ parcel and an adjoining property.
This first was discussed Monday at a joint meeting of the Town Board and the town Planning Board, whose members determined that the project would not harm the environment.
Fudoli left the room for this review and asked his appointed deputy supervisor, Bryan Fiume, chief of staff to the Republicans on the Erie County Legislature, to run the joint meeting.
The supervisor handed the gavel over to Fiume again for the portion of the Town Board meeting when members accepted the results of the environmental review and approved the site plan for the project.
Councilmen John Abraham Jr., Mark S. Aquino and Ronald Ruffino Sr. did not comment on the project before approving the site plan.
Attorney Jeffery D. Palumbo, who represents the developers, told The Buffalo News prior to Monday’s meetings that he could not identify the doctors behind the project nor could he provide the cost of the facility. He said he expects construction to begin in late spring or early summer, with the opening most likely in fall.
Fudoli said in an interview that he believes the sale, which was contingent on the Town Board approvals, will close within the next month.
The supervisor and his brother owe $1,389.37 in late county and town property taxes, and penalties, for 6335 Transit, according to town records.
Fudoli told The News he and his brother made a business decision not to pay the taxes for 6335 Transit, which were due Feb. 15, until they sold the parcel.
The supervisor took the same approach last year, when he endured a wave of bad publicity over his failure to pay $17,000 he owed in taxes on five properties that he and his family owned near the intersections of Transit Road, Rehm Road and Genesee Street.
He paid off that tax bill in September after applying the proceeds from the sale of a vacant parcel, owned in trust by his father, and Fudoli plans to pay the taxes for 6335 Transit out of proceeds from the sale.
“I knew that the property was going to close,” Fudoli told The News. “We’re paying the penalty.”