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Cheektowaga

As a proposal for a drive-thru Checkers restaurant at 2563 Union Road gets green lights in the town review process, a neighbor wants caution exercised.

The Town Board will have a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Monday on requests for a special use permit and a variance. The special use permit relates to having a drive-thru window, while the variance is needed because the 10-foot space between the edge of the pavement of the bypass lane and the residential property of Richard Hibbs, at 2539 Union Road, is less than the required 75 feet.

Hibbs has lived there since 2000; he said the property has been in his family since the 1940s. A “For Sale by Owner” sign went up recently.

Problems with the site began several years ago, Hibbs said, when Benderson Development Co. bought it. A retail business was proposed, but never built, on the site where Checkers would stand.

During the demolition of existing structures, Hibbs said, his property was damaged and his family subjected to round-the-clock disturbances. Then when the site was regraded, its elevation became higher than his property, which extends approximately 270 feet back from Union Road.

Privacy and safety are concerns for the father of two young children.

Even though a six-foot wooden fence was installed, Hibbs said his property still lacks privacy. Checkers already has offered to install an eight-foot fence and landscaping along the property line.

“I’m not opposed to Checkers or Benderson building something on that property. I’m opposed to a drive-thru next to small children,” said Hibbs, noting that proposed outdoor seating faces his property.

If the project is approved, Hibbs hopes that arrangements are made to give his property some privacy.

Also this week:

• Cheektowaga Family Days wrap up today in the Town Park on Harlem Road, with activities scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• The Soul Providers will perform at 7 p.m. today in the Casimir Pulaski Cultural Center in Town Park as part of the Creekside Concert Series.

• A regular meeting of the Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Irma Czubaj Board Room of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave., Sloan.

• The Family Concert Series presents the Hill Brothers at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the outdoor amphitheater in Town Park.

• The 35th annual Polish American Festival runs Thursday through Sunday in the Town Park. Festivities begin with a performance at 7 p.m. Thursday by the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra at the outdoor cultural center. Friday’s entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues throughout the night. A Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. Saturday by the Rev. Louis S. Klein, pastor of Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church.