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Green light to Green Code variances allows 3 new Larkinville projects

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The first Buffalo location of Paula's Donuts will call Larkinville home.

Larkinville is getting another reason to use the expanding indoor and outdoor recreational activities in the growing community, as the city Zoning Board of Appeals gives the go-ahead for three new projects.

The Zoning Board approved a series of zoning variances to allow an $18 million mixed-use complex, 140,000 square feet of residential space with 70 apartments and lots of office space. In a smaller project, the board also approved two small mixed-use buildings, with commercial space on the street and apartments upstairs.

The larger of the buildings will house a Paula's Donuts. Larkin Development Group Vice President Leslie Zemsky said it will be a big bakery.

"Not bigger since it came through planning. They got so excited they wanted to have a full-service bakery," Zemsky said. "So they can now bake everything that they sell here as they do at their other three locations. Their other three locations are all in the suburbs."

The same network of driveways and truck turnarounds will serve the new Paula's that already serves an adjacent distillery, also in Larkin Development Group space. Zemsky said her company is continuing to fill what were vacant spaces in the neighborhood.

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A birds-eye view of Larkinville shows the vacant spaces Larkin Development Group Vice President Leslie Zemsky says her firm is trying to fill.

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