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Planners back women’s healthcare facility in Medina, Dollar General in Ridgeway

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Todd Audsley, a project manager with smartDesign architecture in Batavia, discusses the site plan for a healthcare site in Medina. He was at Thursday’s Orleans County Planning Board meeting in Albion.

ALBION – Orleans County Planning Board members supported plans for a new Dollar General in the town of Ridgeway on Route 104 and a women’s healthcare facility on Maple Ridge Road in Medina.

United Memorial Medical Center and developer Chad La Civita of Buffalo want to tear down the former Pizza Hut next to McDonalds and construct a new 4,300-square-foot building.

The Batavia hospital has been providing women’s health services at 100 Ohio St., space owned by Medina Memorial Hospital. Medina closed its birthing wing in July 2011. UMMC now delivers more than 100 babies a year to Orleans County women.

The site at 100 Ohio St. is cramped for space, said Colleen Flynn, UMMC’s director of community relations.

United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia is proposing to tear down the former Pizza Hut in Medina and construct a 4,300-square-foot building.

The new site will have more space for doctors, patients and staff. UMMC provides obstetrics, gynecological care and other health services.

Courtesy of smartDESIGN architecture PLLC

The project includes 28 parking spaces. County planners recommended the Village of Medina Planning Board, which has final approval for the project, work with the site architects to ensure there is adequate vehicular flow for a turning circle in front of the building.

The village code requires a 20-foot side setback for the parking area. UMMC is proposing a 12-foot side setback. Planners recommended Medina give the project a variance. The building will be set back an additional 20 feet from Maple Ridge Road compared to the Pizza Hut building location.

Pizza Hut’s building was in the middle of the lot, while the UMMC building will be on the east side of the property.

Planners on Thursday also approved a new Dollar General store in Ridgeway at the corner of route 63 and 104. That is the northeast corner heading towards Lyndonville.

The new store will be owned by Development Unlimited of WNY LLC of Buffalo. The company wants to build a 9,100-square-foot store at 11349 Ridge Rd.

The company is buying a 6.4 acre lot in an area with a lot of nearby farmland. The company will split the lot, using 1.49 acres of the property. The driveway will be on Route 63. There will be 30 parking spaces.

The County Planning Board recommended the Town of Ridgeway approve a permit for the Development Unlimited to construct and operate the store as a neighborhood business in a zoned hamlet district. The store is allowed as long as it’s less than 10,000 square feet.