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MORE HOUSING FOR SENIORS SOUGHT IN EAST AURORA

Belmont Shelter Corp. is looking to build another 24 housing units on Maple Terrace in the East Aurora area for low-income seniors over age 62. Maple Terrace already has 32 units occupied.

In a public hearing Monday night, Bruce Baird, president of the Belmont Contracting Co., asked the Aurora Town Board to draft a letter stating that East Aurora is in need of more government-subsidized housing.

Along with the letter, Baird will be submitting an application on Feb. 7 to Rural Development and the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal. If given the go-ahead by the two divisions and the Town Board, the addition to the complex could be started as early as spring 2001.

"This complex . . . is intended for those seniors over age 62 whose income is at 50 percent or less of the median income, or for those who are officially disabled or handicapped," Baird said.

"Certain criteria are going to need to be met. Understanding that if it doesn't work out for the town, the board should not feel locked into the project until everything is approved," said Frederick A. Wolf, attorney for the town.

Baird expects to hear whether the application is accepted or denied by early summer.

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