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May 15, 2014

Hibbard's location possible

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Hibbard’s Custard, a popular Lewiston ice cream stand and restaurant for 75 years, is planning to open a Lockport location.

James Hibbard, co-owner of the family-run business, met with the Town of Lockport Planning Board on Tuesday to seek approval for a special-use permit to convert an abandoned former used-car dealership at Lake Avenue and Wicks Road in Wrights Corners. The 480-square-foot building is being renovated.

Town Building Inspector Brian Belson said the board Tuesday scheduled a public hearing for June 3.

Harold Hibbard, Sr., James' grandfather, founded the custard business in 1939. He also had a Wrights Corners location in the 1950s and 1960s, where Howell Motors Ford now stands, Belson said.

"They were looking to get back into the area," Belson said.

The board also set a public hearing for Tuesday on a special-use permit for an 18-hole outdoor miniature golf course to be built next to Allie Brandt’s Bowling Lanes on Lincoln Avenue by the lanes’ owners, Borowski Enterprises. The goal is to open the course by July.

Belson said the course will be built on a  a 247-by-70-foot space on the west side of the bowling center. Located just a short distance away, Skateland, the well-known 30-year-old skating complex which included miniature golf as one of its attractions, announced this week it is closing this weekend.

Harris Miniature Golf Courses, Inc. of Wildwood, New Jersey designed the course.

Belson said the board is making a scheduling change. Starting in June, the board will meet for a work session meeting at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month, as opposed to the second. The board will continue to hold a regular 7 p.m. meeting on the third Tuesday, however. All meetings are held at Lockport Town Hall on Dysinger Road.

The change was made so to allow more time for advertising public hearings, Belson said.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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