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No action on 128-unit apartment plan

A Rochester-based developer wants to build a 128-unit apartment project on vacant land on Wehrle Drive, east of Transit Road in Clarence.

Ashley Companies and Metzger Civil Engineering presented the idea to the Town Board at its Wednesday meeting, but the board took no action on it.

The proposed development would be a mix of four-, five- and six-unit buildings on 14 acres, with private driveways and garages, said Paul C. Case, a Metzger project engineer. The units would probably rent for about $1,300 a month.

The proposal includes a central area with a playground, dog park, clubhouse and pool. The Coventry Green apartment development is to the east of the 8080 Wehrle site. Ashley is developing a project similar to the one envisioned for Wehrle Drive in Greece, near Rochester, said Mark D. Stevens, president and chief operating officer.

Metzger, on behalf of Ashley, was seeking a preliminary concept review of the 8080 Wehrle project. But instead of voting on referring the proposal to the Planning Board to begin a formal review, the Town Board took no action.

Town Supervisor David C. Hartzell Jr. praised the quality of the project, saying Clarence needs more apartments.

But during the work session prior to the regular meeting, Town Councilman Peter DiCostanzo said he was hesitant about acting too quickly on the request involving 8080 Wehrle.

"We talk about being the gatekeepers," DiCostanzo said. "I think we should think long and hard before we just rubber stamp it and pass it on to [the Planning Board]. There was an office park planned there [previously], and I'm only one person, but I don't know for sure if that's the best place for apartments." In 2001, the Planning Board approved a concept plan for an office park at the Wehrle site. That project was not built.

Following the board meeting, Hartzell said he hopes the 8080 Wehrle plan would be back on the board's agenda in June.

Also Wednesday:

* The Town Board voted to request that the state Department of Transportation lower the speed limit on Main Street in Clarence Hollow between Strickler and Davidson roads to 30 mph from 40 mph.

* The Town Board set two public hearings for June 13 related to Affordable Senior Housing Opportunities of New York's planned 125-unit senior housing complex at 8040 Roll Road.

* Brookfield Country Club was approved for fireworks display permits for five dates: May 27, June 16, July 4, July 14 and Aug. 25.

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