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Process continuing on proposed Pleasant Avenue development in the Town of Hamburg

BY: Felice E. Krycia-associate editor | December 12, 2012

Members of the Hamburg Planning Board received early Christmas gifts at the Dec. 5 meeting when they were presented with very thick binders on the Pleasant Development project.

Sean Hopkins, the attorney representing Michael Bevilacqua, gave each of the members binders outlining various aspects of the project, which is to be located on the vacant 88.86 acres of land of the former Cooper Ridge Nursery.

According to Hopkins, being that this is a Class 1 action for the State Environmental Quality Review, the binder includes studies on traffic, wetland delineations, sanitation sewer flow tests, photos, Phase One assessments and proposals on open spaces.

The project applicant is requesting the property be rezoned from residential-agriculture to R-3, multi-family housing.

According to the projected plan, there will be 110 single family homes, with the larger lots fitting R-1 designation, smaller lots that will fit a R-2 and the 168 upscale apartments on the property along the New York State Thruway, that would need the R-3 designation.

The project was tabled until Jan. 9, to give all the proper agencies the required 30 days to comment on the information provided in the binders.

In other action, the board set a public hearing on the Sherwood Meadows Apartment (located east of Heatherwood Drive) for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

The applicant, Burke Builders, is asking the planning board approve a new plan, which converts the previously approved 56 owner-occupied townhouse project to a 128 unit, rental apartment project with 256 parking spaces.

Currently, one townhouse has been built, but, according to Andrew Gow, manager of land development at Nussbaumer & Clarke, the market is not there for townhouses and the applicant believes there is more call for apartments.

Planning Board Chairman Peter Reszka said that the plan at this point appears to be only a sketch plan, without dimensions and can not be approved as it stands.

“We will set a public hearing, but unless we get better drawings, we will not be able to hold it,” Reszka said. “We need more information.”

In other matters, the board:

• Following a public hearing for preliminary approval on the Sgroi two-lot subdivision (vacant land at the end of Woodland Drive), it was adjourned until Dec. 19.

There have been concerns raised by residents of right-of-ways and water drainage issues and the applicant was not at the meeting, due to a death in the family.

• Following a public hearing for a special use permit for Miller’s Collision & Auto, the board agreed to have a resolution drawn up for approval at the Dec. 19 meeting.

• Tabled the Russo Development Project on Milestrip Road for a new equipment storage area until the Dec. 19 meeting so an access agreement can be reached between them and Niagara Mohawk for use of Coder Road.

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