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TOWNHOUSE DEVELOPER TO PRESENT NEW PLANS

CRS Properties has dropped plans to put a ringed road around its proposed Hedstrom Manor Townhouse Development and will present new site plans for the Amherst Planning Board to review on Thursday.

Last month, residents who live near the proposed development rejected plans that were presented to the Planning Board, particularly plans for road that would run adjacent to many of their back yards. The road, they said, would ruin the scenic value of the property around the Hedstrom Manor.

Gary Black, the town's assistant planning director, said Tuesday the developer's previous application for site plan approval was withdrawn and a revised plan submitted.

"Now the plan calls for a road that is not looped around the perimeter of the entire property," said Black. "A lot of neighbors showed up last time to say they were not happy about (the previous) plan."

CRS Properties plans to rehabilitate the old Hedstrom mansion, located on a wooded parcel on Getzville Road between High Court and Elmhurst roads, and construct 11 townhouse units in six new buildings on the site. An attorney hired by some of the neighboring residents argued last month that the proposed townhouses are out of character with the architecture and scale of both the existing Hedstrom Manor mansion and its surrounding community.

The Planning Board, meanwhile, agreed that the proposed townhouse development would likely have a significant environmental effect by altering the surrounding community and recommended the project be subjected to a full environmental review.

The Planning Board on Thursday also will review site plans for another proposed CRS development. The conversion of an old convent at 400 Mill St. into a 102-unit apartment building for senior citizens is a proposed adaptive reuse of the former St. Mary of the Angels motherhouse. The former convent grounds were acquired by the town for the creation a new state park.

CRS Properties has a contract to purchase from the town the convent and a parcel surrounding it. Black said the development proposed by CRS would include a total of 20 units, eight that are existing and the construction of 12 new patio homes on the parcel.

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