Debate over proposed Whole Foods in Brighton continues

March 01, 2018 06:51 AM

The fight over Whole Foods continues.

A heated debate during a public hearing overnight Wednesday did not wrap up until just before 1 a.m. Thursday. There is still a long way to go in determining if the new grocery store is coming to our area.

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This is the third time people in Brighton had the opportunity to express their concerns about a Whole Foods on Monroe Ave. The main concern is still traffic. A study suggests it would add about 40 seconds to the average commute during peak hours.

However, overnight an impressive crowd of people still let it be known that it is not sold on it just yet.  Those opposed include neighbors who have hired a lawyer and threatened lawsuits over the project.

Questions were also raised over "incentive zoning."

The developers from Daniele Family Companies have offered to fix up part of a nature trail in exchange for approvals they need for this project.

“You have my personal guarantee that we stand with you,” Mario Daniele told town leaders during the hearing. “Let the project move forward."

"You don’t have to do this,” attorney Aaron Saykin told the group. “You don’t have to push through this project this way using the incentive zoning plan that's already been discussed:"

Saykin works for a firm representing the Save Monroe Ave. group. Critics say the group is propped up by Wegmans, which has a location just down the road from where the Whole Foods would be built. 

Saykin says they are supported by several businesses but declined to elaborate when asked if one of them is Wegmans.


Brennan Somers

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