Questions remain before Como Park subdivision moves forwards

Proposed site plans for a duplex subdivision on Como Park near Borden Road.
Proposed site plans for a duplex subdivision on Como Park near Borden Road.

CHEEKTOWAGA – The Cheektowaga Town Council pulled two measures Tuesday night which would have moved a project to build six duplex buildings on Como Park Boulevard forward.

Supervisor Diane Benczkowski says several questions regarding drainage and tree replacement are unresolved and the town’s zoning board of appeals still needs to grant the necessary special use permit.

“It seems premature that this is even on the agenda tonight,” said Ms. Benczkowski.

Timothy Kulbacki of Lancaster submitted plans to build six, two-unit homes on vacant land along Como Park Boulevard between Hitchcock Drive and Borden Road.

Several Hitchcock Drive residents appeared at Tuesday night’s board meeting to voice their disapproval of the project.

Thomas Stachura says a town law is in place to prevent the type of construction the project proposes.

“The town passed an ordinance approximately 20-years ago to restrict two-family homes being built in one-family areas,” said Mr. Stachura.  “The board passed an ordinance to prevent that, why are they trying to shove two-family homes on us.”

John Mahoney and his wife Kim move into town from West Seneca because they wanted a single family home to raise their family.

“We drove up and down Hitchcock, and we knew immidiatly that was the neighborhood we wanted to live in,” said Mr. Mahoney. “Please think hard on this decision because this is a single family home street.  There are no duplexes; there are no apartments, there aren’t even any more mother-in-law homes on the street.  The two that were on the street were converted back into single-family homes.”

An email message to Mr. Kulbacki Thursday morning was not returned at the time of publication late Thursday afternoon.