Hundreds pack Brighton Town Hall for meeting on Whole Foods

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Brighton, N.Y. – A public hearing meeting regarding the Whole Foods development proposal on Monroe Avenue garnered nearly 200 people from the community Wednesday night.

The Town of Brighton had two overflow rooms to accommodate the huge turnout, which was not surprising considering the outpouring of people at the last two public meetings.

Town officials said the Daniele Family, who are the developers of the project, provided a supplemental draft for the Environmental Impact Statement.

The public commenting portion of the meeting lasted more than two hours.

“I have sat through three cycles of the light, just sitting there, watching the sign for the Whole Foods that’s being developed, and I wasn’t happy,” said Brighton resident Maria Scott.

Others who took to the podium Wednesday addressed a number of concerns, including traffic.

“I really think it’s not fair to say that we couldn’t keep the traffic flowing,” said one resident. “As it was the other day, I hit all green.”

“I think it goes back to a ‘quality of life’ thing,” another speaker said, “that we’re going to have plazas that are not going to be at their peak, and building more is not necessarily the best for Brighton.”

“Somebody said it’s not an incentive to the town?” asked another speaker. “Can’t understand that one. I think it’s a great thing. I think it really needs to happen

The Daniele family closed Mario’s Restaurant in December 2015 to make way for the Whole Foods project. Starbucks is on board to open if the project passes, and developers are talking with several other retailers.

The lawyer for the Daniele Family says people should not assume traffic will get worse because of the proposed Whole Foods store.

Lawyers for the homeowners and businesses say their clients aren't against the project, but want it done on scale with the property.

Town officials will ultimately need to decide if they will grant incentive zoning to the developers.

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