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Proposed senior housing complex being studied by planning board

A senior housing complex proposed by Brian Young for a site near Bowen and Bullis roads is being studied by the Elma Planning Board.

Plans call for an L-shaped building with 47 one- and two-bedroom units that will rent between $750 and $850 a month, including heat and water.

The panel will review plans submitted by Young Development over the next 30 days. Then, the plan advances to the Town Board for the State Environmental Quality Review and consideration for a special-use permit.

The Town Board Wednesday tabled action on the new complex, called Sylvia's Place, until the next work session at 6 p.m. Feb. 9. There will be no regular meeting Feb. 3, because of the meeting of the Association of Towns in New York City.

Supervisor Michael P. Nolan asked the board to table a request for a preliminary special use permit and the town's request for lead agency status. It also tabled setting a date for a public hearing on a drainage district for the complex until after the work session.

Young has appeared before the town's senior citizens club to answer questions about the proposed complex, which will feature rental units. Trudy Weber, a town liaison to the senior citizens organization, said Young received positive feedback and interest in the project from the audience.

Senior citizens in the town have complained for years that once their homes were too big for them to keep, they had no place to move to in Elma.

Nolan said he doesn't expect to begin the project, which will be privately financed, until spring.

In other matters, Building Inspector Joseph Colern submitted his annual department report for 2010: 279 permits issued with an estimated construction value of $22.9 million, and $115,209 in fees collected.

Colern attributed the construction value to three commercial buildings, three commercial additions and four commercial alterations, with Steuben Foods one of the largest. Permits were issued for 21 residences, 15 patio homes, 29 residential additions, 33 residential alterations, 33 private storage buildings, 10 garages, 28 swimming pools, 21 emergency generators, 15 wood decks and 11 pole barns, among other items.

The board also:

*Authorized the supervisor to sign a contract with the Boys & Girls Club for $52,500 and to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5861, $2,000.

*Approved a special-use permit for music for Made In America, Maple Road, to hold six patriotic events per year. The first one will be a Jan. 29 Winterfest.

*Issued a business-use permit to JPS Labs LLC, 7601 Seneca St., for a music studio, offices and repairs in the 3,846-square-foot building. The company was located in Lancaster for the past eight years and will have three employees.

*Will request a speed study to the state Department of Transportation for Willardshire and Milestrip roads, the site of several accidents.

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