The developers of the Pleasant Meadows subdivision in Lancaster plan to start construction by late summer now that they have agreed they won't build rental apartments on the site.
"The Town Board didn't want that much density in there and definitely didn't want any rental units going in," said Victor A. Martucci, vice president of Marrano/Marc Equity, which is in limited partnership with Patrick Development and Cimato Brothers to develop the 270-acre parcel.
The Town Board recently agreed to rezone several sections of the large parcel south of Pleasant View Drive and north of Walden Avenue, after the developers agreed to some concessions.
The board two weeks ago agreed to rezone about 55 acres in the northwest quadrant of the parcel to accommodate a variety of multifamily dwellings, as long as they do not include any rental units. Supervisor Robert H. Giza said residents in the nearby Stony Brook subdivision balked at rental property.
"That was one of the fears of the residents who live nearby," Giza said. "In fact, one of the fears is that it would be low-income housing."
Martucci said the developers initially sought rezoning to accommodate up to 510 apartments but agreed to limit the density to 355 units. And per the board's restrictions, these would be limited to patio homes, condominiums and townhouses, none of which would contain any rental units.
"The Town Board felt (rental units would be) inconsistent with the adjacent Stony Brook subdivision, and we agreed with that," Martucci said.
The developers also proposed 120 multi-unit dwellings for a 40-acre tract near the existing Walden Trace subdivision to the west of the planned Pleasant Meadows site, but withdrew their request for a zoning change. Martucci said the developers plan to construct 79 single-family homes there instead. That will be the first phase of the project, he added.
"We're still waiting for final approvals," Martucci said.
They include approvals for a sewer extension from Erie County and for water lines, as well as wetland permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Conservation, and final plat approval from the Lancaster Town Board. A plat is a diagram drawn to scale showing all essential data pertaining to the boundaries and subdivisions of a tract of land.
A 67-acre parcel on the site was rezoned from standard single-family to a zoning that will accommodate new housing on smaller lot sizes. It would be of a type consistent with existing homes in the nearby Trentwood Trail and Walden Trace subdivisions, Martucci said.
The developers also agreed to convey several acres of state-regulated wetlands on the site over to the town for preservation. And another roughly 55-acre tract that backs up to closer to Walden Avenue was rezoned to accommodate an office park.