Real estate developer Steven Reiter received approval this week from the Niagara County, N.Y., Planning Board for his proposal to build a self-storage facility on his family’s property at 1439 and 1441 Ridge Road in Lewiston, N.Y. The 9,500-square-foot storage building would comprise 69 units and be constructed on a 6-acre lot that also contains an unoccupied house and two restaurants, according to the source.
Reiter intends to convert the garage of the home into an office and keep the restaurants standing for now, although future expansion of the storage project could include up to four more buildings and a conversion of the De La Casa Restaurant at 1437 Ridge Road into climate-controlled units, he told county planners.
The storage project could mark a change of course for the property. Reiter had previously sought to build a $12.3 million senior apartment complex called Bridgewater Estates. Reiter told the source he hadn’t given up on pursuing the 139-unit residential complex but wanted to begin developing the land.
Reiter served on the Lewiston Board of Supervisors when it rezoned the property. The board was sued last year by neighboring property owner Modern Corp., which called the rezoning “illegal and unethical,” the source reported. Reiter told county planners on Monday that State Supreme Court Justice Mark Montour had denied the request for an injunction to stop the senior-apartment project and ordered the plan to go back to the town.
- The Buffalo News: Former Lewiston Supervisor Unveils a New Plan for Ridge Road Property