Clarence town board rejects proposal for plaza driveway near Transit

TOWN OF CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Dozens of residents in the Town of Clarence voiced their concerns Wednesday night at a planning board meeting.

The owner of Wolters Plaza on Transit Road, Joe Basil, submitted a proposal which would create a curb cut entrance in his plaza.

Tenants in Wolters Plaza said it’s dangerous to make a left hand turn when leaving the plaza onto Transit Road.

The proposal would allow drivers to leave through the side of the plaza into a residential neighborhood to hit the traffic light, but residents were against this proposal.

Residents said it would change the aesthetics of the entrance, cause extra traffic in the neighborhood and would pose safety concerns for children and walkers.

Board members questioned the amount of activity coming in and out of the plaza and accident data. Supporters said there have been seven accidents over a two year period and only two of the accidents were near that area.

The board unanimously rejected the proposal Wednesday, leaving the Farmington Woods neighborhood untouched.

“Our client was concerned about the safety of the patrons that use that plaza that are also Clarence residents as well as employees, he did all of this because he wanted to keep them safe. It’s discouraging,” said Elizabeth Holmes, Basil’s representative.

“I didn’t know what to expect here, I’ve been involved in the process from the start and just thankful the planning board made the right decision,” said Martin Logan Jr., resident.

Holmes said she will need to discuss with Basil about where to go from here and if he has any other plans in mind for the traffic problem. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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