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Forest conservation, maximum use of green space, hand-cleared lots, a wildlife sanctuary, nature hiking and jogging trails, and well-cared-for, healthy trees on one-half acre wooded lots -- these are the hallmarks of environmentalist/developer Frank Parlato's Hidden Hollow of Hamburg.

This subdivision promises only twenty-four lots on a winding road with a cul-de-sac. "Over 50 percent of the total site will be preserved permanently as park and forest land and as a wildlife sanctuary," said David Wurthmann, project coordinator, "and for jogging and walking there is a trail system throughout the thirty acre park which runs along Rush Creek up and down high banks, through hemlock groves and hardwood forests."

In addition to the park, the lots themselves are unique. Since most have no backyard neighbors, the view is phenomenal. Many of the lots are on the cliff that overlooks Rush Creek, creating a panoramic view of the creek and the surrounding forest. Other lots back up to a maple tree forest; all the parks are private and for the exclusive use of the residents.

The subdivision will have no further phases and has been approved by the Hamburg Planning Board which has long been a strong and vocal advocate for the use of green space in Hamburg developments. The developer is currently doing botanical cultivation which will be followed by construction of the winding cul-de-sac road.

Home construction is expected to begin in the fall. Home sizes are expected to be from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet. Wurthmann added, "We expect the houses to be mainly traditional, with deeper setbacks, a great deal of privacy, a forest view, and close to all suburban conveniences. The McKinley Mall is less than two miles away."

Developer Frank Parlato invites any interested persons to contact him at 885-5421 for more information or a tour of the site. Hidden Hollow of Hamburg is off McKinley Parkway, one mile south of Southwestern Boulevard.

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