A rezoning request is pending for an Anderson Road site in Cheektowaga that has become the focus of a developer’s proposal for an 86-room Holiday Inn Express.
The Cheektowaga Town Board held a public hearing Monday night on a request to rezone a portion of 61 Anderson Road from general manufacturing to general commercial. The Town Board reserved decision.
Two years ago, the Kabir Group of Blasdell was talking about building two hotels, as well as reusing an office building and warehouse on a section of 61 Anderson. Hotels in that area are popular with Canadians who visit Western New York to shop.
Lawmakers approved an identical rezoning request for 83 Anderson and part of 61 Anderson in 2011. Variances also had been approved related to building height and setback from the property line.
But because construction didn’t proceed in a timely manner, those variances expired.
Now, the structures at 61 Anderson are being demolished. In their place, a four-story, 13,469-square-foot hotel is proposed, with 99 parking spaces on the north, east and south sides.
A berm would be built at the east end of the property, which overlooks the Thruway.
The project would generate an estimated 25 jobs during construction, then 10 afterward, according to paperwork filed with the town. But plans for the parcel approved in 2011 are up in the air.
“We haven’t determined the exact use of that parcel,” said Andrew Terragnoli of Optima Design & Engineering, who is working with the developer. It could be another hotel, he added.
But the site will be cleaned up, including the removal of old asphalt and pavement.
“They really did a great job of reorganizing this,” said Supervisor Mary F. Holtz.
“It’s a sleepy old industrial area,” said Town Engineer William R. Pugh. “It’s a vast improvement over what’s there.”
In other business Monday, the Town Board unanimously approved the appointment of Brian F. Coons to lieutenant in the Police Department, effective Friday.