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Whole Foods project gets pair of approvals from Brighton board

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The Brighton Town Board gave two pivotal  approvals to the Daniele Family Companies' Whole Foods Plaza proposal last night. Now the controversial project faces a whole new set of reviews and approvals before the developer can build it.

Board members approved an incentive zoning application from the developer as well as findings from the project's environmental statement, which basically say that the developer and project have avoided or mitigated project impacts to the best extent practical. Supervisor Bill Moehle previously told the Daniele Company that he couldn't support such findings unless it eliminated one 6,300 square foot building or some equivalent amount of space.

Prior to the meeting, the company agreed to that demand and also to enter into a binding agreement with neighbors that it wouldn't put entrances on Clover Street or Allens Creek Road. And as part of the incentive zoning package, the company will improve a section of the Auburn Trail and pay for new traffic signals and road improvements on Monroe Avenue between I-590 and Clover Street.

The project now has to go through several other approval processes, including a detailed site plan review by the town's Planning Board. The town's Architectural Review Board and Historic Preservation Commission will also review the project.

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