LOCKPORT – The town Planning Board has approved plans for the latest dealership in the Basil family of auto franchises.
Basil Volkswagen will open, perhaps before the end of the year, on the site of the former Basil Toyota, 6179 S. Transit Road.
“We’re shooting real hard for Thanksgiving,” said William H. Wincott of D.R. Chamberlain Co., the Lockport contractor handling the project.
Wincott said the old Toyota showroom will be demolished and replaced by a VW showroom covering about 8,000 square feet, which would be about twice as large as the former showroom.
The service area and body shop will remain intact.
The Toyota dealership has moved next door, to the former Gambino Ford site, acquired by owner Mike Basil.
The Planning Board also approved plans Wednesday for a new cellphone tower and a demolition and remediation business.
Skyway Towers, a Florida company, will erect a 120-foot cell tower for Verizon at the end of Shimer Drive, south of the Home Depot store.
Attorney Matthew Kerwin said Skyway will start work as soon as it can obtain a building permit.
Anthony Bodami, longtime managing partner of Titan Wrecking and Environmental of the City of Tonawanda, received permission to open a demolition business in the former Custom Laser building in the town industrial park off Upper Mountain Road.
His attorney, Trevor M. Torcello, said the purchase has not yet been completed and might not close for a couple of months.
The board was concerned about Bodami’s plans for an outdoor storage area. Board members insisted that it be fenced with vinyl slats and nearly doubled its size, to 200 feet by 110 feet.
“Storage should be minimal,” Torcello assured the board. “There won’t be any scrap taken there. There won’t be any debris taken there.”
Torcello said the storage area is only for Bodami’s heavy equipment. He was told no equipment could be stored elsewhere on the site.
Town Planner Andrew C. Reilly said aerial photos of the Titan site “show the equipment all over the place … This will be strictly enforced.”
The board also set a June 18 public hearing for the makeover of Mantelli Trailer Sales, 6865 S. Transit Road.
Two of the three existing buildings are to be demolished and replaced by a new 18,000-square-foot sales, maintenance and service area, said James Klino of JLK Engeneuring, the designer of the project.
The project will include a trailer display area and green space along the road.