Our network

Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals Approves Use Variance for Senior Housing | News

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals Approves Use Variance for Senior Housing
News


AMHERST, N.Y. -- A senior housing development in Amherst got the use variance the developer was asking for Tuesday night more than two years after it was first proposed.

Plans for the lot of land at 1055 Youngs Road were first presented to the town in 2013 and were revamped earlier this year.

Tuesday, the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals decided to unanimously grant Redtek Development the zoning variance for a two-story 51 unit senior housing complex.

"There was a time in 2015 where the town board changed the types of uses that are allowed in community facility zoning and took away the right to have senior citizens apartment complexes, so the developer has come in and asked us to provide a use variance to allow them to have a senior citizens facility there even though the town board has changed the uses allowed under the zoning," said Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Matthew Plunkett.

The developer hopes to break ground next year. But Plunkett says it's unclear what will happen next because a group of homeowners already has a pending lawsuit over the site plan that was approved earlier this year. The neighbors worry the development would bring down property values and increase traffic.

News

Amherst Businesses