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Business owner says plowing problems persist in Allentown

Posted at 12:50 AM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 00:50:38-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A new lay out of portions of Allen Street continue to be problematic for some business owners this winter.

“There's a bunch of things that I think should be addressed. One thing we're having a huge issue is the snow,” said Joseph, an Allentown business owner.

The goal of the new design is to widen the road and make the area more pedestrian friendly. But Joseph says accessing the area by car in the winter is a challenge.

“It's like almost impossible,” added Joseph. He took a video of a large city plow clearing the street but leaving the parking spots. In this part of Allentown, the parking spots are slightly elevated over the rest of the street.

“I know that's probably not that guy's job, but that machine is plenty capable of doing that job,” added Joseph.

The city says they do have a plan in place and have met with business owners to discuss the best way to remove of snow in the parking spots.

Business owners brought up concerns in December about the snow removal from the parking spots.

Joseph says he was not a part of those meetings.

The director of Buffalo Public Works, Michael Finn says, the city does clear those parking spots. It isn’t done with larger plows; smaller plows will come by to care of the extra snow.