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The Jefferson County Planning Board got a look Tuesday at a 92-unit expansion of Eagle Ridge Village and a proposed 15,770-square-foot shopping plaza along Route 342 in the town of LeRay.

Board members approved the site plans for the 92 additional townhouses that would be built along Route 342 and join the 648 units at Eagle Ridge Village.

They also reviewed the site plans for the first two phases of retail and multiuse space planned for Route 342 and Eagle Ridge Road, on the property in front of Eagle Ridge Village.

The board sent back several suggestions to the LeRay Planning Board to consider before that board should approve the site plans for the plaza project.

The plaza’s first two phases would include a 5,000-square-foot auto dealership and repair shop, a 3,000-square-foot NAPA auto parts store, a 2,800-square-foot auto parts storage building in an existing structure and 7,200 square feet of multitenant retail space.

Developer Lewis G. Spicer of Blankenship LLC has not indicated exactly what would be built on three lots behind the plaza that would be part of future development, said Jennifer L. Voss, the Planning Department’s community development coordinator.

“We have no idea what they plan to do,” she said.

The Planning Board voiced concerns the auto sales business should have a 300-foot setback from the road when plans show 200 feet; the developer would be required to obtain a variance.

The board also said only 16 vehicles up for sale can be parked in front of the building. Plans also do not show where the garage doors would be; LeRay code allows them only where they cannot be seen from the road.

Site plans show enough parking for 117 vehicles. Plans also indicate that three barns, three sheds and a house on the property would be demolished to clear the land for development.

Meanwhile, Clover Construction Co., based in the Buffalo suburb of Williamsville, got the go-ahead to proceed with the 92 townhouses. They will be built along Route 342 on a site that the developer originally had planned for commercial development.

Of the 92 units, half will be four-bedroom, 1,550-square-foot apartments, so they can accommodate large military families.

The remainder will be two- and three-bedrooms.

The Planning Board, however, suggested that a traffic study be completed to determine the impact the new units will have along Route 342.

Plans had called for construction to start in September and be completed next summer.

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