Natale Builders plans to construct 30 patio homes with condominium status in a new subdivision at Roll and Newhouse roads in Clarence.
The houses in Creekwood Meadows would range in price from the high $300,000s to $500,000 or more and be 1,500 to nearly 3,000 square feet, said Angelo Natale, the company's CEO. The project, including construction of the patio homes, infrastructure and land acquisition, has an estimated cost of roughly $14.5 million.
Natale would build the houses on about 22 acres of vacant land on Roll Road just to the east of Transit Road, a site the developer purchased in May 2016.
The developer is offering five designs for the houses on its website to would-be buyers. All of them have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms and attached two-car garages.
Owners would belong to a homeowner's association, which would arrange for lawn care, garbage pick-up, snow removal and other services.
"It's an easy way of living," Natale said.
He said he expects the houses to appeal to residents whose children are on their own and who are ready to move into a home that doesn't require a lot of upkeep. He said he prefers the term "rightsizing," not "downsizing." Natale said some Creekwood Meadows owners may be snowbirds for four months out of the year, too.
Natale in 2016 received concept plan approval from the Clarence Planning Board, which found the project would not harm the environment. The Town Board approved the project's open space design, meeting a town requirement that the developer set aside 50 percent of the land for permanent open space.
The Planning Board on Oct. 3 tabled the development plan for the project until its next meeting later this month, to give Natale more time to address questions about sewer connections and landscaping and buffering between the site and adjoining homes on Roll Road, said James B. Callahan, the town's director of community development.
Natale said once final approval comes, he hopes to have a crew begin site work the next day.
Construction on the first houses in the development could wrap up next spring or summer, Natale said. He said about one dozen prospective owners have expressed interest in buying a house in Creekwood Meadows. Work on all 30 patio homes could take about two years to finish, Natale said.
Creekwood Meadows is the latest high-profile development Natale is taking on in the Northtowns.
The company is planning the Asher Crossing development of 32 townhouses and 90 apartment units in Williamsville and a subdivision of 80 homes on 57 acres on New Road near Millersport Highway in Amherst. Both projects await approval.