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February 10, 2016 - 12:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Park Road, Batavia Downs, batavia, business, news.

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Members of the Batavia City Council are ready to raise a ruckus about a proposal for the Town of Batavia to sell a portion of Park Road to Batavia Downs, leading to a closure of the road to thru traffic.

About a dozen Redfield Parkway residents attended Tuesday's council meeting to express their concern about the potential for increased traffic on their residential street if Park Road is closed.

"Redfield will become the new Park Road," is the battle cry.

But that won't necessarily be the case, said Mike Nolan, COO of Western OTB. A traffic study commissioned by Batavia Downs indicates there will be minimal impact on city streets, Nolan said.

"We've been working on this for a year," Nolan said. "We've met with all the stakeholders, the business owners on Park Road, the Sheriff's Office, the fire department and we're trying to mitigate the impact in every way. This wasn't just something thought up a month ago."

City Manager Jason Molino worried that the traffic study doesn't really address the impacts on parallel streets, such as Redfield, Bogue, Union, all the way down to Oak Street.

A couple of weeks ago, Park Road was closed on an emergency basis because of construction work related to the new hotel at Batavia Downs and traffic backed up on Redfield. 

Nelson Baker (top photo) and other speakers expressed concern that the congestion represents Redfield's future if Park is closed.

Maybe, maybe not, Molino said.

"Obviously, people are concerned with that closure that is going to be the type of traffic congestion that could take place," Molino said. "That has some merit to it. On the flip side, it was an emergency and that is going to cause traffic to congest because nobody has time to plan on getting around it. If the closure is well known ahead of time, then people have time to plan. With one incident, it's hard to judge, but it certainly raises awareness and puts focus on it."

That congestion was a one-time event and the traffic study indicates people will find alternatives, more sensible routes, if Park is permanently closed, Nolan said.

The main issue for Batavia Downs, Nolan said, is one of pedestrian safety.

When the racetrack was first built in 1940, the kind of high-volume entertainment center Batavia Downs has become wasn't envisioned, so building it right on Park Road wasn't an issue.

Last year, more than a million people visited Batavia Downs, creating two million pedestrian crossings on Park Road, and Batavia Downs is just going to continue to grow, Nolan said. 

"This is all about trying to solve a big problem, and that's public safety," Nolan said. "That is what the town and Batavia Downs are addressing."

The City Council will take up the issue at its next conference meeting to discuss drafting a letter to the Town Board opposing the plan and maybe directing a council member to personally carrying the city's concerns to the town.

The decision is entirely within the hands of the Town of Batavia. All the city can do is share concern and monitor the issue.

"We as a city are going to be affected and we don't have a say in this, so I would encourage everybody in the city to speak out to the town as well," said Councilman John Canale. "I'm not sure how much of an effect that is going to have on the decision, but it's frustrating because it's going to have a negative effect on city streets."

December 8, 2011 - 8:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, photos, Park Road.

For some time I've been intrigued by the idea of taking a picture of the Batavia Downs sign. Last week, while in the parking lot of Office Max, I spotted an angle that looked promising. Driving home tonight, I thought the light conditions might be right to give it a try.

May 16, 2011 - 11:44am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Park Road.

A vehicle that came off the Thruway apparently spilled diesel fuel on Park Road from Route 98 to Veterans Memorial Drive.

A caller reported that the spill made the road slick, "like ice."

A trooper checked the scene and confirmed the spill and the slickness.

DPW is being dispatched to deal with the situation.

UPDATE 11:45 a.m.: It sounds like a trooper has tracked down the vehicle causing the spill.

UPDATE 11:46 a.m.: Apparently, the truck was heading onto the Thruway. The vehicle has been located about six miles down the Thruway. It has a broken fuel line. The trooper on scene reports the Thruway entrance was also slick.

October 27, 2010 - 8:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, Park Road.

A bicycle rider has been struck in the area of 8322 Park Road, Batavia.

Mercy EMS and Town of Batavia Fire are being dispatched.

UPDATE 8:13 a.m.: Town of Batavia back in service. This is not a motor vehicle accident, a chief reports. A man fell off his bicycle.


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October 7, 2010 - 11:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Jerry Arena, Park Road.

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Jerry Arena is planning to open a new bar at property he owns on Park Road. He will call it The Ten Cent Millionaire Tavern. He intends it to be a relaxing, affordable environment for a couple of drinks and maybe some chicken wings or a burger. 

He's already bought an attractive curved -- and very long -- bar for inside and is working on remodeling now.

There are some permits to secure from the Town of Batavia and he will add more space on the back of the building.

If everything goes to plan, he expects to open in the spring. More realistically, he said, he will likely open later in the summer.

September 20, 2010 - 3:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, lewiston road, traffic, Park Road.

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Crews are completing roadwork at the intersection of Lewiston and Park roads, creating a good deal of congestion in the area.

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