CHEEKTOWAGA – The project by DePaul Properties to erect 95 new apartments on Old Union Road is expected to move forward following a public hearing Tuesday night.
No major concerns were raised that could derail the project and the project’s closest neighbor, Rusiniak’s Service Inc, approves of the project as long as DePaul recognizes that Rusiniak’s was there first.
“We’re an adjacent property owner and I wanted to make everyone aware that we’re in and out 24/7 365 days a year. That being said, the DePaul people have been very good to us and long as there are no complaints about our operation I have no opposition to the project moving forward,” Bernie Rusiniak said during the hearing.
Supervisor Benczkowski and Councilmember Rogowski reinforced Mr. Rusiniak’s concern.
“So you guys understand, these guys have been there for a long time. We don’t want your residents complaining because Bernie was there first,” said Ms. Benczkowski.
The DePaul representatives agreed.
Several pine trees on the site are sick and must be removed. The developer will speak with the town about what specific trees can be planted.
DePaul Properties currently does not pay property taxes because of their not-for-profit status. The town and DePaul Properties are renegotiating a payment in lieu of taxes agreement according to Ms. Benczkowski.
“The current agreement allocates payments for the fire district, lighting district, and Police fund. The new agreement will be similar in nature,” Ms. Benczkowski told Cheektowaga Chronicle in an email.