By Stephen T. Watson | Published 10:51 a.m. September 26, 2018
Bevilacqua Development plans to construct residential and retail space on 36 acres of vacant land the company bought this week along Transit Road in Clarence.
CEO Jonathan Bevilacqua said the company doesn’t yet have a concept plan for the property, on Transit just north of Miles Road. But he said they expect to hammer out the design for a mixed-use development within the next two months and to submit a site plan to Clarence officials within six months.
Bevilacqua Development paid $760,000 to buy the vacant parcel from D3 Transit LLC, according to public records. Bevilacqua said the property was attractive because of its 720 feet of frontage on Transit, an amount that is difficult to assemble, and because of its proximity to the company’s other parcels in Clarence and East Amherst.
A relocated Domino’s Pizza plans to move into a new retail building with a drive-thru on Transit Road across from Transit Valley Country Club.
Crews broke ground a month ago on the 8,500-square-foot, single-story building at 6031 Transit Road, the site of the former Buggy Wash car wash, said Bevilacqua Development CEO Jonathan Bevilacqua. The building shell should be finished in May and it should be ready for occupancy this summer.
Domino’s is moving there from 5855 Transit Road. In addition, Pita Gourmet is opening its third area location and Divine Nail Spa is opening a second salon there.
Bevilacqua also has finished work on two of five buildings in a planned office complex at 6041 Transit. TenEleven Group software company moved to 6047 Transit two months ago, and Transit Meadow Pediatrics will move from 6477 Transit to 6049 Transit on Feb. 12.
Though the idea encountered continued resistance and objection from the residents of Woodbridge Village, Transit Road will see the installation of a new drive-thru, the tenant of which has yet to be announced.
The Town Board voted unanimously at its July 12 meeting to approve a special exemption permit for a drive-thru facility for 6031 Transit Road, with the condition that the board will have final approval of the tenant.
Supervisor Patrick Casilio reaffirmed that the Town Board sought to implement a level of control with a project that could prove to have substantial traffic ramifications.
Pita Gourmet plans to open its third area location in a new retail building that Bevilacqua Development wants to construct on Transit Road in Clarence.
Bevilacqua is looking to build an 8,500-square-foot, single-story building with a drive-through at 6031 Transit Road, across from the Transit Valley Country Club, on the site of the former Buggy Wash self-serve car wash.
The company doesn’t yet have a tenant for the drive-through section but Pita Gourmet has signed a lease for the other end of the building, said CEO Jonathan Bevilacqua. At least one or two other tenants would fill the building. Pita Gourmet’s other locations are in Niagara Falls and Lancaster.
Those residents potentially affected will get their chance to voice opinions on a new handful of quick-service restaurants set to hit Transit Road.
At the Town Board’s June 14 meeting, Bevilacqua Development was granted a public hearing for Wednesday, July 12, to consider a special exemption use permit for a drive-thru facility at 6031 Transit Road.
The drive-thru will be one component of an approximately 9,000-square-foot plaza to be built on the site of the former Buggy Wash, between Buffalo Pharmacy and a Noco gas station.
Residents of Woodbridge Village have seen Transit Road evolve into a highway with heavy traffic and dense development, and they’re letting their voices be heard that Bevilacqua Development’s latest project will only exacerbate an issue that they say is threatening their way of life.
At the Planning Board’s May 15 meeting, Bevilacqua requested concept plan approval and a recommendation for a special exemption use permit for a proposed retail/restaurant plaza at 6031 Transit Road. The approximately 9,000-square-foot plaza would be built on the site of the former Buggy Wash, between
Buffalo Pharmacy and a NOCO gas station.
“We’ve approached NOCO on the future driveway connection. They’re aware of our development,” said Jonathan Bevilacqua on the prospect of connecting the NOCO gas station property with his proposed retail plaza. “We put that on a note on the drawing, that we’re willing to provide a future dimension if at some point they’re willing to allow our parcels to connect.”
A plan to construct a five-building office park and a retail plaza across from the Transit Valley Country Club has started to transform a swath of largely undeveloped land on Transit Road in Clarence.
Bevilacqua Development LP has started construction on three new suburban office buildings aimed at medical and professional tenants that will make up the $10 million Transit Meadows Professional Park. A second phase slated to begin this summer would add two more office buildings to the complex at 6041 Transit.
The developer also plans to build a retail plaza nearby on the site of the former Buggy Wash at 6031 Transit Road that would include a fast-casual restaurant.
The first $7 million phase of the office complex is underway, with the shells of three 10,000-square-foot buildings nearly completed and all work slated to be finished in August, said President Jonathan Bevilacqua.
A pair of projects — one residential and the other commercially-focused — have been added to Bevilacqua Development L.P.’s pipeline.
The Amherst-based developer is proposing to construct an eight-unit apartment complex just off of Edgewater Drive in Amherst and has also landed its first two tenants for the fledgling Transit Meadows Office Park. Combined the two developments represent an $11.5 million investment by the company.