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Senior complex eyed in Clarence Board may rezone Transit Road site

The Clarence Town Board will consider rezoning a portion of property along Transit Road that could eventually become home to a senior citizen housing complex.

The land is north of Roll Road, on the east side of Transit. It is part of the site where a new Wegmans supermarket was proposed before that plan was scrapped last year amid controversy.

The board is considering a change that would extend by 180 feet the land's commercial zoning classification.

An additional 300 feet that directly abuts a residential single-family development would be rezoned from residential to "restricted business," to create a transition between the commercial use close to Transit and the homes on Kippen Drive.

Town officials said that if a senior housing complex is built on the site, it would be subject to property taxes.

The change, which was recommended by the Planning Board, would require an amendment of the town's 2015 master plan. A public hearing on the rezoning proposal is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sept. 14.

Affordable Senior Housing Opportunities of New York has expressed interest in the nine-acre site for an apartment complex, consisting of about 140 units, for seniors capable of living independently.