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TOWN OF NIAGARA – Some final details of the site plan for the Military Place commercial project were approved Tuesday by the planning board.

The board voted unanimously to accept a number of signs near Military Road on the project site, including “enter” and “exit” signs as well as a 28-foot, lighted main sign made of stone that would list the retail and restaurant locations on the property.

The Benderson Development Co. project, which was given final approval by the Town Board last week, will feature a number of unnamed retail stores including a large box store and several restaurants. So far, a Longhorne Steakhouse is planned and a TCBY and a Five Guys Burgers and Fries are moving into the building of a former Perkins Restaurant. Across the street from the Fashion Outlets of Niagara USA, the property site was once occupied by John’s Flaming Hearth.

Benderson attorney James Boglioli said the site plan will be brought before the zoning board tonight for approval of some variances that were installed as the result of comments from neighbors at various hearings.

One variance would allow the developer to construct 8- and 12-foot fences around the property to help separate the development from the surrounding residential neighborhood. The eight-foot fences would be atop four-foot berms, he said. Present zoning laws allow for only six-foot fences.

The second variance would permit parking spots to be reduced in length from 20 to 19 feet. The reduction would allow for more green space to be added to the site, Boglioli noted. Once the project is passed by the zoning board, the site plan is expected to get final engineering approval.

The project met with some resistance from neighbors, some of whom claimed they were told years ago by town officials that the land would not be developed.

In an action regarding business down the road, the planning board gave approval to the preliminary site plan for an outdoor patio dining area for the Griffon Pub at 2470 Military Road.

Owner Ken Scibetta explained that the 772-square-foot area would be covered and would take away only four parking spots that would be added behind the popular restaurant. No construction timetable was given as Scibetta told the board the addition is still in the planning stage. Town building inspector Charles Haseley told the board he had no comment.