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Complex for seniors details plans

Pinegrove Estates, a senior citizen residential complex on Bowmiller Road, would add 132 units in its second phase, according to plans the developers from Briody Health Care Facility presented Monday to the Town Board.

But working through the various levels of red tape will take at least a year, Thomas Briody, the owner, said, adding, "We expect to be in the ground by the end of next year."

The amended planned unit development scheme for the project requires the Town Board's approval because Briody has a contract to buy five more acres to add to the 95 acres it already owns. John Stapleton of Parrone Engineering, the Rochester firm that drew up the plans, said that area now is an open field.

Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman said the Town Board can act only after receiving a recommendation from the Planning Board, where the project is on the agenda of next week's meeting. The Town Board will have to conduct a public hearing before the Planning Board can approve the actual site plan. All that, Seaman said, will take five or six months.

Briody, meanwhile, must seek state approval of its rental plans. "There's going to be an entry fee, similar to a condominium, but not deed ownership," he said. "There will be one common owner."

Pinegrove Estate opened three years ago with 24 "villas" for senior citizens healthy enough to live independently. Ann Briody Petock of the nursing home said the development has about 32 residents and a waiting list of about 12.

Thomas Briody said the new plan calls an additional 40 villas. Some would be stand-alone units while others would be duplexes. The development also will add 60 apartments for independent senior citizens and 32 assisted living apartments, in two 16-unit wings, for those needing health care.

"These types of subdivisions are very successful," Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak said. "There's a need for it."

Thomas Briody said the third phase would involve construction of an adult day care center, but Briody first needs state Health Department approval to offer such a service. It decided to enter that field after the announced closure of the county's Mount View Health Facility, which operated a successful adult day care program.

The fourth phase, Briody said, will consist of closing the 82-bed nursing home on Lincoln Avenue and replacing it with a 80-bed skilled nursing facility on the Bowmiller Road campus.

"We want to come up with a reuse for [the Lincoln Avenue] building," he said.

The five acres proposed for purchase will provide space for a new curved driveway to the complex, near the current location of the villas. Some of the new units will be clustered together, while others will be spread along a planned ring road.

Briody will maintain the roads within the complex.

"We've learned a lot in Phase One," he said. "The garbage truck has trouble making the turns. Our streets need to be wider."

The apartments will have small "tea kitchens," but residents will be expected to take most meals in a community center, or "country house," on the campus, which will include a restaurant, Briody said.

"It won't be like any health care facility," Briody promised.

e-mail: tprohaska@buffnews.com

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