Brighton to hold public meeting on Whole Foods project Wednesday

July 18, 2018 07:45 AM

Brighton residents have a chance to weigh in on the proposed Whole Foods project Wednesday night.

The developers, Daniele Family Companies, want to put a Whole Foods Market on Monroe Avenue in Brighton with space for more than a dozen other retail locations in the same plaza.


Those against the project say the store will make traffic on Monroe Avenue a total nightmare. Opponents claim town leaders didn't conduct a thorough traffic study that takes a closer look at the potential usage of the property.

The Town of Brighton conducted a traffic study on the land to see if this project could be feasible. The study suggests it would add about 40 seconds to your commute during peak hours.

However, Brighton Grassroots have filed a lawsuit claiming the town is misusing and misrepresenting zoning laws to push approval of the project. Howie Jacobson, a founding member of Brighton Grassroots, says the new Whole Foods/Amazon partnership should also be factored in. 

"The truck traffic, the pedestrian traffic, the in and out delivery by Amazon Prime, this is going to be a nightmare," Jacobson says. "This is before the town has even done an adequate study. We have trouble at that location."

The meeting Wednesday night front of the Brighton Planning Board could result in approvals for the project, which would be major milestones for the development of this project.

Daniele Family Companies responded to the claims against the project, saying in part the accusations in the lawsuit are baseless also and community groups against the project are funded by Wegmans, which has a store less than two miles away from the proposed Whole Foods location.

Wegmans officials have not responded to that claim. 

The meeting at Brighton Town Hall begins at 7:30 p.m.


Kaci Jones

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