Local residents in Cheektowaga, a suburb of Buffalo, N.Y., don’t want their neighborhood flea market to become a big-box store. Benderson Development is seeking to relocate the existing Super Flea market on Walden Avenue in order to make way for a large retail development, maybe a Lowe’s home improvement store, according to a report from The Buffalo News. According to the newspaper, the community’s support for the project is mixed, and the move may be controversial. The paper reports:
“Benderson hopes to relocate the flea market to the site of an upscale farmers’ market in a nearly vacant plaza at Union and French roads — previously the site of a Vix drugstore and now, a Dollar General outlet.”
“Several neighbors on hand for a Town Board meeting earlier this week had been sent anonymous postcards about the proposal.”
According to the Town of Cheektowaga, the proposed development still faces several regulatory hurdles and a public meeting. ”The project is still in a tabled mode,” says town zoning inspector Daniel J. Ulatowski. “Our environmental advisory committee is still reviewing it. It will probably be another two weeks before we offer a recommendation to the town board. It is a rezoning, so the town board will hold a public meeting.” He adds a meeting will likely be held two or three weeks after the recommendations are made.
The Super Flea is a year round indoor/outdoor swap meet with 200 to 400 vendors, depending on the season.
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