LOCKPORT – Foes of the Wal- Mart supercenter project here have followed up on last month’s lawsuit against the Planning Board with a second suit, this time against the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The suit, filed Friday in State Supreme Court, alleges that the Zoning Board violated state law and the town’s zoning code on Dec. 13 when it granted 12 variances to the Wal- Mart project.

The earlier suit made similar charges against the Planning Board, which in November waived numerous provisions of the town’s laws governing the commercial corridor along South Transit Road to clear the way for the project.

The Planning Board suit is due for a first airing Feb. 14 before Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.; no court date has been set for the new case.

The plaintiffs in the latest lawsuit are Lockport Smart Growth, a group of residents near the Lockport Mall, where the supercenter is to be built; the group’s secretary, Joan A. Grigg; and James Emmert, another neighborhood resident.

Their attorneys, Daniel A. Spitzer and John S. Sansone, did not return calls seeking comment on the case Monday.

Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman said he hadn’t been served with papers yet. “It wasn’t unexpected. That’s my only comment,” he said.

“I thought we followed the process and the procedure as the town zoning law dictated,” said Councilman Paul W. Siejak, who was Zoning Board chairman last month when the variances were approved.

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