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Whole Foods Plaza project in Brighton moving forward

August 29, 2019 03:45 PM

BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Whole Foods Plaza project in Brighton is moving forward.

Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle made the announcement Thursday morning, following results from the latest DOT study.

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If built, the project would be an 83,000 square-foot plaza at the site of the former Mario's Restaurant on Monroe Avenue. 

One of the biggest concerns has been the impact on traffic. Moehle, however, says the traffic study found that even at peak times, it would only add 22 seconds to people's commutes.

He also says the project will generate $400,000 a year for Brighton with half going to Brighton schools.

The Daniele Family Companies, the developer behind the Whole Foods Plaza, says while lawsuits are pending against the project, they can move forward with construction.

In response to the DOT study, Save Monroe Avenue, a group of local businesses opposed to the project said, "The DOT's determination is fatally flawed and unlikely to survive a court challenge. The department completely contradicts its earlier findings on the project's traffic problems."

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