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BOARD HEARS FROM PUBLIC ON SENIOR HOUSING

With the developers and a nearby railway business meeting to discuss development and noise issues for a low-income senior housing complex in West Seneca, the West Seneca Town Board is expecting to vote next month on whether the proposed Indian Church Road complex will be built.

"I want to see that the Ebenezer Rail Co. and Belmont Shelter Corp. (the developer) can live next to one another and that this complex isn't going to adversely affect drainage issues in the Victorian Springs condominiums," said Supervisor Paul Clark at a public hearing Monday night. "Only then will I be prepared to vote on this project."

The project calls for a 50-unit senior housing apartment building to be placed at 1125 Indian Church Road, which has several area residents concerned about traffic safety and drainage issues.

"The water has no place to go over there. It seems like it is all going to come back onto our property," said Kari Kaul, president of the Victorian Springs homeowners group. "I would like to see that someone is going to oversee the project and to make sure that the entire site plan is followed through."

"The building inspector checks to make sure that everything is done that was said to be done in the site plans," said town Building Inspector William Czuprynski.

"Something is eventually going to have to be done about the traffic situation. I sometimes have to wait 10 minutes at 8 a.m. to get out onto Indian Church Road because there is so much traffic," said Pat Mullen, who lives in the Brookside condominiums.

If given the go-ahead by board members on Feb. 28, the building will consist of 50 one-bedroom apartments for senior citizens ages 62 and older whose income is 50 percent or less than median.

"For example, a single senior must have an income of no greater than $16,050; and a two-person household no more than $18,300," said Michael D. Riegel, executive vice president for finance and administration for Belmont Shelter.

Riegel said that the income parameters are set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD has funded $3.8 million for this project.

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