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Akron officials are questioning whether the village's water systems can accommodate two proposed housing developments.

The Village Board and the Planning Board are starting to take a close look at the developments, which are located off Jackson, Hake and Clarence Center roads in the village.

Members of the two boards, during a special joint meeting earlier this month, raised questions about the capacity of the current pump station off Jackson Street and the wastewater-treatment plant on Lewis Road.

Consulting engineer James D. De La Plante of Lancaster said the pump station was designed to handle flows from about 139 additional homes. But since that time, he said, the village has allowed the creation of Sewer District 1 -- which includes ADESA Auctions of Buffalo on Main Road and I Squared R Element Co. on Clarence Center Road -- to tap into the sewer system and flow through that pump station.

De La Plante said that those flows have significantly reduced the number of additional homes that the pump station can handle.

It was noted that state Department of Environmental Conservation representatives have recommended that the village not consider any additional development within the wastewater-treatment plant's service area until deficiencies are "addressed and resolved."

As presented to village officials earlier this year, Realty USA's project would include 174 patio homes on 46.18 acres on Clarence Center and Hake roads. An additional 3.39 acres would be for "market rate" apartments, 4.24 acres for senior citizen apartments and 4.3 acres for an association.

The proposed project would be the largest residential housing development of its kind in Akron.

Another housing development, proposed by Kurt Schie, includes plans to build 21 homes ranging from 1,700 to 2,000 square feet on Jackson and Hake roads.

During its Nov. 10 meeting, the Village Board directed attorney Daniel D. Shonn to contact both parties regarding their building requests.

The village's special counsel, Arthur J. Giacalone, also expressed concerns on questions brought up during the initial state environmental quality review process.

"The current comprehensive plan has those land parcels designated to be developed light industrial," he said. "If these housing projects are to be approved, the comprehensive plan must be amended to do so."

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