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Apartments for elderly win approval on 4-1 vote

Affordable Senior Housing Opportunities of New York will build a two-story, 131-apartment dwelling for low- to middle-income senior citizens in Lancaster.

The project, to be located at 6026 Broadway, at Pavement Road, across Broadway from Lancaster Country Club, was approved Monday evening by a 4-1 vote of the Lancaster Town Board.

It is aimed at senior citizens with incomes of $25,000 to $35,000 per year who are capable of living independently.

"We feel there's a gap in the market for these seniors. They are underserved," Michael Connors, the developer's director of development, told members of the Town Board when he first pitched the project in March.

Affordable Senior Housing currently has four similar projects in Western New York, including two under construction, Connors said. The complexes are managed by Clover Management.

The one- and two-bedroom apartments in Lancaster will rent for $700 to $810 per month and would include some utilities. Plans for the complex incorporate community rooms, a hair salon, exercise rooms and other amenities.

Daniel J. Amatura, the Town Board member who cast the lone dissenting vote Monday, said he had visited an Affordable Senior Housing project and discovered that its tenants are not necessarily elderly. He also said he didn't think $700 to $810 month could be considered affordable for many senior citizens.

"There were some environmental issues with the Lancaster project that I'm not sure were ever completely resolved, either," Amatura added in explaining his "no" vote.

In approving the apartment project, the Town Board stipulated that Affordable Senior Housing must commit to a connecting road to a proposed patio home development.

In other business Monday, the Town Board set a public hearing on next year's proposed special districts budget for 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3, to be immediately followed a public hearing on the preliminary general budget.

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