Plans in works for gas station at former Wacky Wyatt's location

The village of Baldwinsville's board of trustees gave initial approval at its Aug. 5 meeting to a proposal to turn the former Wacky Wyatt's restaurant on East Genesee Street into a gas station.

Sonbyrne Sales, Inc. applied for a special use permit for the property this spring, shortly after the former Tex-Mex restaurant closed, said Joe Saraceni, village mayor. Representatives from the company explained the proposal for the property, which is owned by James Noble, at the Board of Trustees' April 15 meeting, according to minutes from that meeting.

The board of trustees was not provided with a detailed plan for the gas station but was given a concept, Saraceni said. Onondaga County also reviewed the proposal before trustees voted to give the developers the special use permit, he said.

"Now they're able to proceed with their planning process," Saraceni said. "They have a rough idea about what they want to do. It's allowing them to take the next step."

Although the location is zoned for commercial use, the village requires special permits for certain types of businesses, including gas stations, Saraceni said. Even with the permit from the board of trustees, the developer must still receive approval from the village planning board before work can start on the property.

"I think now it's incumbent upon the applicant to make an application to the planning board," said Ron Carr, attorney for the village.

The planning board will review more detailed plans and can consider setting conditions for the use of the property, Saraceni said.

"I have faith that the planning board will do the right thing," said Bruce Stebbins, trustee. He predicted the planning will require some changes to the property before it considers signing off on a final plan.

"I've been down there several times and it needs improvements," he said.

Trustees held a public hearing on the proposal before their regular meeting. No members of the public spoke for or against the gas station. The board then unanimously approved the special use permit during their regular meeting.

"We have had a public hearing and had no public comment during the hearing," Saraceni said. "Now we're in a position to act."

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