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Dome could rise over old Summit Park Mall

If everything works for a Toronto-area developer, a giant inflated dome will rise over the old Summit Park Mall by October 1, with sports fields under it.

The plan discussed at Wednesday night's Wheatfield Planning Board calls for a dome so large it will cover two full-size soccer fields and more. The goal is to have stores in the old mall selling sports equipment and sports-related services.

Landscape architect Robert Blood says the Planning Board didn't highlight any serious obstacles.

"We don't view them as anything to be too concerned about. The facility itself is well over 300 feet away from the road and I don't think it will have much of an impact," Blood said. 

"They're looking at the back of an abandoned mall right now."

Blood is referring to requests from the board for studies of current noise levels along property lines and lighting plans at the boundary. The public will have a chance to sound off at a public meeting in March, after some more details have been ironed out.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.