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Developer wants Lancaster property rezoned for upscale apartments

Another new apartment complex may be on the horizon in Lancaster, as a developer this week lobbied for rezoning of a 12.6-acre tract off Broadway in order to move the plan forward.

The preliminary proposal by Young Development of Williamsville calls for 156 upscale apartments on an 8-acre section of land along Broadway, with some permanent open space factored into the mix.

“We’re trying to make it look very, very nice and upscale,” said Peter Sorgi, the developer’s attorney.

Sorgi’s comments came during a town public hearing on the proposed rezoning to multi-family residential from the current zoning of general business and agricultural/residential on two sections of the parcel.

A formal site plan has not yet been filed with the town, although the Planning Board already has given the green light on the rezoning petition.

The developer also needs a favorable review from the Zoning Board of Appeals to secure a variance to allow for a height change to provide room for a more decorative roof.

There was no public criticism during the hearing about the project, which is in its early stages.

The apartment complex would contain one-, two- and three-bedroom units that could have monthly rents ranging between $900 and $1,500.

The development at 5828 Broadway would have a pool in the rear of the buildings and a clubhouse, but no dumpsters.

The developer is anticipating that empty-nesters or younger residents would rent the units. They would not be for low-income residents, nor would they be subsidized.

Young Development owns 22 acres of the site, Sorgi said, but the rezoning request would cover just 12.6 acres. Another 4.6 acres in the rear of the property that is zoned residential is not slated to be developed, he said.

The primary entrance and exit for the development would be off Broadway and a home would be knocked down to make room for the clubhouse. That has been negotiated between the homeowner and developer, Sorgi said.

The Town Board this week declared that the project will not cause any negative environmental impact. The developer, however, still must secure approval from the town for a site plan and rezoning.


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