AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - There is a battle brewing in Amherst over a proposed home for independent senior citizens. Some claim it would destroy wetlands and lower property values.
Some Amherst residents didn’t hold back at Tuesday night’s meeting. They are angry and concerned about a developer’s plan to tear down a natural wooded area and turn it into a three-story housing complex. People living near the hot piece of real estate on Youngs Road say they have been blind sided.
Mary Jo Dennee said, “It’s just everything that we did not bargain for when purchasing our home and its just disrupting the whole community.”
The Amherst Zoning Board held a public meeting Tuesday night, to introduce a proposed three-story senior apartment complex to be built at 1055 Youngs Road, which would house about 100 tenants. The plan also calls for 189 parking spaces and 76 garages. Homeowners say they had no idea of the project, until they received a letter in the mail last week.
Lance Konkle said, “We're all concerned about the development, what's going up the wetlands, which are natural. I mean there’s a creek that just empties out into the wetlands that provides and sustains life for the area.”
Attorney Sean Hopkins, who represents the developer, says the building is not as tall as what is already zoned for in that area. He also said congestion wouldn’t be an issue.
Hopkins said, “The senior housing project itself will not be generating much traffic and you will always see a lot of available parking spaces.”
Councilmember Mark Manna says he will be asking the zoning board to deny the developer’s request before their next meeting in October. Manna said, “Because once these buildings are there it negatively impacts your quality of life in your neighborhood.”
The town council has no say in this vote, it is up to the zoning board to listen to the people. More meetings are expected to take place.
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