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Auburn plaza owner seeks zoning change

The owner of an Auburn shopping plaza is seeking a zoning change that would expand the possible uses of the property.

Clinton Hill Auburn Town Center Equities LLC, owner of Towne Center Plaza spanning 311, 315 and 321 W. Genesee St. in Auburn, filed an application with the Auburn Planning Board Jan. 8 to rezone the plaza from highway commercial to general commercial.

A contact for the LLC provided by its legal representative, attorney Samuel Giacona, did not respond to a request for comment.

The zoning change would add 16 allowable uses to the property, including light industry, apartment complexes, and brewing and distilling. It would also subtract 12 uses, including restaurants and big-box retail. However, city Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development Stephen Selvek noted in a memo following the board's Feb. 20 meeting that current plaza tenants, such as the Sakura Buffet restaurant, would be permitted to continue their uses even if they're not allowed by the new zoning designation.

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