Niagara Gazette


June 13, 2014

Delayed hearing on Bridgewater Estates angers residents


Niagara Gazette — David Ripley, another Lewiston resident unable to speak Thursday, said he’s also concerned about building a community on land so close to a problematic traffic area. He said a traffic accident at the intersection in question claimed the life of his ex-wife, when a senior citizen failed to properly stop at a stop sign.

“Now we’re going to add 360-some-odd units,” he said. “To an area that we’ve already got a problem? That’s insane. You can’t do that. And how are we keeping up the character of the neighborhood by putting up a four-story building. That doesn’t make sense.”

Reiter, meanwhile, said he’s upset about the perception he did anything wrong or misused his power as supervisor. He said he specifically directed town department heads, including building inspector Timothy Masters, to perform all tasks by the book specifically to avoid coming under fire.

Town records indicate Reiter abstained from a vote July 22 concerning site plan approval for the property, though he did vote when the town approved its zoning upgrades, which included a change for the property in question.

He is listed as a minority owner on documents relating to ownership, though Reiter has maintained his name’s inclusion is an error. He said it should be his family, not him, listed as a partial owner.

With the matter tabled, Bridgewater’s variances likely won’t be addressed until the zoning board convenes at 7 p.m. July 10, at town hall, 1375 Ridge Road, Lewiston.

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251, or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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