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BATAVIA – Developers of a proposed Quicklee’s convenience store and gas station have approval from the city’s planning and development committee to proceed, following approval of a site plan and a special use permit.

Quicklee’s, which is based in Livingston County, wants to change the use of the former 3,771 square foot Bob Evans Restaurant, 204 Oak St.

The project includes the construction of a four-pump service station island with canopy and underground fuel storage tanks. The convenience store with retail fuel will use 2,771 square feet and the restaurant with drive-thru will use the remaining 1,000 square feet. The committee approved the site plan and permit at its Tuesday evening meeting.

Planning and Development Committee Chairman Duane Preston said Wednesday the committee received an updated traffic study on Tuesday that addressed their concerns about the line of vehicles at the drive-thru at the Tim Hortons proposed for the site. . The state Department of Transportation has recommended that there be enough room to accommodate the expected line of vehicles at the drive-thru.

“The DOT recommended that the traffic study be complete. Our concern was the Tim Horton’s drive-thru queue (range of vehicles) and they recommended that would be fine,” he said .

Preston said the committee had been concerned in the past that traffic problems could arise when Dunkin’ and Tim Hortons opened.

“At our last meeting, we wanted a traffic study confirming that there would be enough room for the queue.

“Assessment of drive-thru queues during the morning rush hour showed that there is significant storage space to accommodate the traffic frequenting the proposed cafe,” Preston read from information provided by SRF Associates. , who carried out the traffic study.

“It was updated in June 2021. It was a brand new study,” Preston said. “It was based on the recommendations they had made on the previous traffic study for the previous month.”

Vehicles will be able to enter Quicklee’s through Noonan Drive and return through Noonan Drive,

New traffic generated by the project is expected to be 79 vehicles entering and 71 exiting Quicklee’s during weekday morning rush hours, and 53 entering and 55 exiting vehicles during evening rush hours.

“You’re going to see a little more traffic. You are going to see 79 more cars than before,” he said today. “It’s going to be a little busier…compared to people sitting in a sit-down restaurant (Bob Evans).

Preston said that at this point Quicklee’s is free to move forward with the project.

“They said they were still in negotiations with Tim Hortons on the building. They may need to come back to us for a sign-up when they find out if they are using Tim Hortons,” he said. “At this time, they have not confirmed their relationship with Tim Hortons.”

The committee does not want to see the former Bob Evans remain empty.

“It’s a wonderful location for Thruway traffic. It’s a nice project. We love people leaving the Thruway and spending money on gas and coffee. This is great for additional gasoline tax revenue.

The committee took no action regarding the preliminary review of the YNCA/UMMC Healthy Living Campus site plan. The plan would entail the removal of three buildings. The proposed new facility will include the construction of a two-story, 69,420 square foot building that will house a YMCA, medical offices, off-street parking, a new access point from Summit Street and numerous upgrades. day on the construction site and landscaping. throughout the complex.

“This was presented to us in the form of a site plan review proposal. They want to go straight to SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review), but we had a few other issues that we wanted to see smoothed out through the process. We wanted to soften the look of Main St. between GO ART! and the new Y,” Preston said. “The old plan called for additional parking in this area. We’d like to see it softened up with more green spaces…a small park-like setting. They’re going back to see if by eliminating a handful of parking spaces, that’s going to significantly hamper the parking situation. It shouldn’t be, but they have to have a certain number of parking spaces. They’re going to have to see what they can pack to stay within the code.

Preston said the committee will have to hold a public hearing into the proposed Summit Street entrance. The hearing is scheduled for the next meeting, August 17 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.

“A lot depends on the Summit Street entrance and green space,” he said.

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