Time to decide

GOWANDA – After being in limbo for several months, village officials will officially vote on a proposed health clinic in downtown Gowanda. The Gowanda Village Board will host a special meeting on Monday to make a decision on the property at 42 Jamestown St.

The resolution for the proposed Zoar Valley Clinic to move into the former Burger King location downtown was placed on the agenda at the regular meeting earlier this week. Mayor Heather McKeever said since there was a new trustee, Pete Sisti, sworn in at the meeting, it was decided the resolution would be tabled. By court order, the village has to make a decision Monday on the proposed project.

The village is still waiting for documents that have not been presented by Savarino Companies, the developer of the site. McKeever said the village has yet to receive the parking lot lease at the site. Tim Greenen of Savarino Companies said he will be more than willing to present the lease and answer any questions about the site plans at the special meeting.

Greenen has been working with the Zoar Valley Clinic, presently located on Taylor Hollow Road in a temporary building. The clinic entered into a lease agreement with Savarino Companies in 2012 and Greenen gave a presentation to the village Planning Board in July. During that meeting, the planning board accepted a negative SEQR declaration and recommended the village board accept the site plans.

The village board hosted a public hearing where residents spoke out both in favor and against the project the following month.

Following the public hearing, residents attended a village board meeting, pressuring the board to make a decision. Greenen was also at that meeting, saying the allotted 45 days had elapsed, which are required by law for the village to act upon the matter.

“This board is required by law to act within 45 days of when the planning board completed its work. That date was Sept. 5. If you don’t like the project, if you don’t think you meet the requirements … you should vote it down,” said Greenen in September. “You need to vote on it and you need to vote on it tonight.”

Code Enforcement Officer Gary Brecker in October went on record saying he had not approved the project and was still waiting for engineer certification about the flood base, a parking lot lease and the contract lease from New York state.

The meeting on Monday will take place at 6 p.m. at the village hall.

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