Darien Lake outlines plans for new roller coaster ride

Feb 5, 2015

Darien Lake Theme Park plans to add a new ride this year, a roller coaster that takes its passengers in a vertical 360-degree circle.

Details of the Larson Giant Loop were unveiled at Thursday’s meeting of the Genesee County Planning Board. The board recommended approval of the site plan for the new thrill ride attraction.

Final approval rests with the town of Darien.

The Larson Giant Loop is 73 feet in height. It will replace the UFO, a spinning ride the theme park will take down.

Another significant project the Planning Board acted on Thursday is a proposed hotel and conference center on Route 5 in Le Roy. Businessman James Gomborone plans to convert the former Brothers of Mercy convent into a 13-room hotel.

The site is across the street from Le Roy Country Club, which Gomborone also owns. The Planning Board recommended The Brothers of Mercy parcel be rezoned to limited commercial use from residential use.

The Planning board also recommended the town of Le Roy update its zoning codes because they do not include definitions for hotels and conference centers.

Planning Director Felipe Oltramari said the proposed site plan for the project will be submitted to the Planning Board at some point in the future.

“This is just a rezone,” he said.

Gomborone is also the former owner of the building that housed the Creekside restaurant in downtown Le Roy.

In other matters at Thursday’s meeting the Planning Board recommended:

— Approval of a 60-square-foot sign for a new Mexican Restaurant at 4152 West Main St., city of Batavia.

The location is in the Valu Plaza.

— Approval of a permit for a 11.25-square-foot sign for LPL Financial, which is moving into a building at 216 East Main St., city of Batavia.

— Approval of an amended site plan for a project to build a two-family residence as an addition to the structure at 438 East Main St., city of Batavia.

Contractor Steve Tufts said the changed site plan features a separate building for the two-family dwelling.

— Rejection of a special sign permit for UR/Wilmot Cancer Center Institute, 262 Bank St., city of Batavia. The facility is the former Batavia Radiation and Oncology medical practice.

UR/Wilmot Cancer Center has one sign on the property and requested a permit for a larger one that is 12 square feet. The  city permits only one sign on the building.

Several Planning Board members voiced concern a new large sign will block sight lines for traffic.

— Rejection of an application from Mark Berner, 606 Broadway, Darien, to amend the site plan at his auto dealership. The applicant requested he be allowed to add 12 cars for sale on his lot in addition to the dozen for which he already has a permit.

The county planning department recommended against the application because it did not include specifics on traffic circulation, parking spaces and access to driveways. The property is zoned residential.

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