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Additional space for parks and recreation will be included in the master plan for the 527-acre River Oaks planned unit development if the Grand Island Town Board agrees with suggestions made Monday by the Planning Board.

In reviewing the final Environmental Impact Statement for the development, the Planning Board recommended additional land for recreation be provided in a multifamily area where up to 260 units may be built.

The board also recommended deed restrictions be placed on 3 acres of business-zoned property, limiting its use as a convention center site.

When aired at a public hearing Oct. 29, attorneys for the developers said the plan includes immediate construction of 60 single-family homes on 73 acres and a 10-year schedule for building town houses, apartments, mid-rises and other single-family units as well as 25 acres of commercial

The planned unit development was first proposed in 1985 by Baeder-Neruda Interests of Houston from whom the current owners purchased the property earlier this year.

The Town Board Wednesday is scheduled to conduct a state environmental quality review of the project proposed by Niagara Associates Group in the East River-Whitehaven roads area.

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