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LANCASTER FACES COURT DATE

The Town of Lancaster has been ordered back to court next month, the latest chapter in the skirmish over a low-income housing complex for senior citizens.

State Supreme Court Justice Peter J. Notaro has issued a show-cause order, directing the town to explain why it rejected a zoning variance for the federally-subsidized project.

The 50-unit project, sponsored by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, is targeted for a six-acre parcel adjacent to an upscale subdivision in northwest Lancaster.

Since its inception in September 1996, the Lancaster project has met with fierce opposition from residents of Larkspur Acres.

Earlier this month, the town's Zoning Board of Appeals denied AHEPA's request for a variance that would have allowed a 49-square-foot addition to each apartment. The additional space was required to meet the town ordinance governing apartment size.

Notaro, in issuing the order, wants to know why the town rejected the variance request. All parties are due at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 11 before Notaro.

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