BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Local business owners are still trying to reach a compromise with Wegmans.
The store's plan to build a liquor store in the grassy area of its Amherst Street location has sparked concerns about potential environmental impact. Some business owners in the area are considering the possibility of runoff ending up in Scajaquada Creek, which could upset the restored plant life there.
There are also concerns about the store's design. Wegmans initially proposed a side door entrance to the building, but local business owners want to change that. An architect affiliated with the Grant-Amherst Business Association recommended that the building have a front entrance, according to Mark Kubiniec, president of the Grant-Amherst Business Association.
"A lot of our members agree with that," Kubiniec said." We should have a front door on Amherst Street because we have a street of small businesses with front doors. That's what we are -- we're a main street in the Grant-Amherst area -- and we want to continue to be that."
Kubiniec said the main hurdle is reaching an agreement.
"We'd love to have the building work for us and work for them," he said. "So that's why we're sitting down and talking to them, so we can find some common ground."
Kubiniec said Wegmans and local business owners are currently exchanging ideas via email, and plan to meet before the supermarket's representatives goes to the Buffalo Planning Board in mid-March.