Bustling business activity in Clarence

From a new mixed-use community at the northwest corner of Sheridan Drive and Harris Hill Road, and two major residential-and-retail complexes on Transit Road, to a new retail plaza, car wash and Genesis car dealership, there’s a lot going on in Clarence.

Furthest along is the planned new Harris Hill Commons, a complex of 31 two-story buildings on 11.45 acres at 8450 Sheridan that is being proposed by MJ Peterson Corp.’s Pete Peterson, Randaccio Builders’ Alan Randaccio and veteran homebuilder Elliot Lasky.

Harris Hill Commons mixed-use elevation
An elevation of the mixed-use buildings at the proposed Harris Hill Commons project in Clarence.

That’s 80 residential units in all, plus 24,800 square feet of commercial or retail space, according to the plans by Silvestri Architects and Greenman-Pedersen Inc.

Parking would include 239 spaces along the streets, 16 accessible spaces, 40 garage spots and 40 driveway spaces.

The project received final site plan approval Jan. 11.

Then there’s the planned $5 million GO Car Wash at 6685 Transit, at the 2.27-acre former Urban Brothers Funeral Home property, as well as Northtown Automotive Cos.’ proposal for a Genesis car dealership at 8143 Main St.

For the car wash, plans call for demolition of the funeral home, followed by construction of a 4,096-square-foot red- and tan-brick car-wash building and a looping outside area with pay stations, vacuums and other features. The site will include three stacking lanes, for 80 cars, and 31 parking spaces.

Go Car Wash elevations-Clarence
Proposed elevations for the new Go Car Wash planned for Transit Road in Clarence.

Critics have complained about the expected impact of additional traffic on Transit, plus pollution, while the owners of the nearby Bubble Boy Car Wash – Calvin and Karen Caruso – objected to more competition, especially from an out-of-town company. But project representatives say the car wash will not bring significantly more traffic than what is already there.

At the dealership, Northtown wants to turn an automobile storage lot in the Auto Place complex into a sales and service shop for Genesis vehicles.

The new Genesis of Amherst would consist of a 19,700-square-foot building on 2.6 acres.

Both projects received concept plan approval and a “negative declaration” for environmental impact, but are still under municipal review.

Additionally, Joseph Mattina’s Mattina Development of Clarence Center wants to develop a 2.14-acre vacant light industry property at the corner of County Road and James Ryan Parkway into an 11,088-square-foot retail plaza, with 83 parking spaces. And Pallet Services wants to build a 61,883-square-foot pre-engineered metal warehouse expansion for its existing facility on 8.92 acres at 4055-4075 Casilio Parkway.

Meanwhile, a pair of large developments proposed by Paul Bliss’ PB Investors and Jonathan Bevilacqua’s Bevilacqua Development at 5695-5731 Transit and at 6625 Transit, respectively, continue to wind through the municipal review process.

Source: The Buffalo News

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