ADVERTISEMENT

Lancaster

The members of the Lancaster Town Board and town Planning Board on Monday will review the environmental impact of the indoor baseball training facility proposed for the town’s Westwood Park.

The town would own, and borrow the money to construct, the complex, while the Lancaster-Depew Baseball League would operate the facility and pay back the town over 15 years by tapping into sponsorship deals, concessions revenue, usage fees and fundraising.

The organizers say the project will cost between $1.3 million and $1.6 million. Premier Presentations is designing the facility, which will have a playing area of 11,500 square feet and 2,100 square feet of offices, storage space and other uses.

Some critics have questioned the town’s involvement in a project that benefits a private organization. The town has agreed to pay to connect water and sewer lines to the facility and to pay the facility’s utility bills.

Also Monday, the members of the two boards will assess the effect on the environment of the Broadway Townhouses development at 5755 Broadway and 5763 Broadway.

Tyler Development plans to build 59 units of housing in two-unit and four-unit buildings on the 14-acre property, said Jeffrey Simme, the town’s building inspector.

The joint meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave, followed by a Town Board work session at 6:30 p.m. and a full Town Board meeting at 7.

Monday’s meetings are the first held at the new, earlier starting times approved recently by the board. Town Board work sessions for years began at 7 p.m., with the full board meetings following at 8.

Also this week:

• The Village Historic Preservation Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.

• The town Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall.

The agenda items include a request for several variances from Benderson Development to permit the company to put up at a retail plaza at 6727 Transit Road a sign that exceeds certain limits in the town code.

Benderson previously received permission to erect at the site an even larger sign, which advertised a Regal Cinemas movie theater, and this older sign would be replaced by the new sign advertising the plaza itself, Simme said.