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Proposed patio homes project in Elma is up for review again Tuesday

A housing project that has been bounced back and forth between Elma’s Town Board and Planning Board is on the move again.

The 54-unit Brookside patio homes proposal was sent last week by lawmakers to the Planning Board for review at Tuesday’s meeting.

“We’ll see where it goes from there,” Supervisor Dennis M. Powers said.

Property owner Bryan Young first presented plans for a mixed housing project consisting of 54 patio homes and 18 single-family homes to the Town Board last year.

However, the plans stalled after a zoning debate about the nearly 33-acre parcel on which Young hopes to develop.

Young returned to the Town Board this year with the patio homes project and formally submitted it last month. The project would be constructed on the former Camp Centerland site, located behind the Pondbrook Homes.

The Town Board retained Drew Reilly of architecture and engineering firm Wendel Companies to assist with the state environmental quality review process.

Powers said Reilly, an environmental planner with the Town of Hamburg, is well versed with the review process and has experience with Elma.

“He was instrumental in drafting our master plan and was probably the most astute,” Powers said. “He knows Elma inside and out.”

Also last week, Powers announced that the Town Board was the first recipient of the Dan “Duke” LaDuca Memorial Award, which was presented by the Elma Fire Company.

The award, which the fire company will present annually, was given to the town “in grateful recognition of your contributions and support of your firefighter brothers.”

LaDuca, who recently died of cancer, was a long-standing member of the fire company.