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A Depew real estate developer is eyeing a 50-acre parcel on Seneca Street in the Town of Elma for a gated retirement community.

Paul Syracuse, president and CEO of Oxford Knight International, told the Elma Town Board meeting in a work session Tuesday that the sale of the land hinges on getting part of the site, next to the Aurora Expressway, rezoned from
residential-agriculture to

Featured would be patio homes, apartments and town houses for residents 50 and older, in addition to a retirement home and skilled nursing facility. Syracuse said the project would be built in three phases.

The proposed project would tap into the Conley Road commercial sewer lines and include a pump station. He said the project would not be a burden on any utility in the town except the Spring Brook Fire Company.

Town officials said they would look into the town codes and regulations regarding multiple dwellings and Town Supervisor Audrey Murdoch said the town requires a performance bond for projects of this scope.

Town officials noted the plan is very preliminary. Syracuse said that this presentation was a very preliminary step.

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