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Townhouses, including some geared to seniors, proposed in Eden

The Town of Eden could offer housing for senior citizens if a developer’s proposal gains approval.

Kim Bingman of FOP Holdings is proposing complex of apartments and townhouses, including units for senior citizens, for 8081 N. Main St.

Her proposal to the town Planning Board Tuesday night elicited a favorable reaction from Michael Bolo, the town’s economic development consultant. The town has no housing designated for senior citizens.

“Towns much smaller than we are have it and we don’t have it,” he said. “We have people who are clamoring for it.”

The plan involves developing five of the 11 acres on the property, which is zoned hamlet residential, behind the Shur Fine gasoline station on North Main Street.

Bingman plans three or four patio homes with seven units in each building. She also hopes to build three or four townhouses with eight units in each structure.

With a maximum of 46 units allowed, she may alter her plans. Some units will house senior citizens.

“I haven’t defined how many are for senior citizens,” she said afterward.

FOP Holdings, based in the Town of Boston, owns the Oakwood Luxury Apartments on Boston State Road in Boston and apartments in East Aurora, Salamanca and Jamestown.

She added that her apartments have never dropped below 98 percent occupancy.

Board members informed Bingman and her consultant, Ben Slotman of MDA Consulting, that the buildings must be at least 50 feet from the road.

The board’s vice chairman, Bill Mahoney, voiced no problems with the proposal afterward and added the developer will return when she is ready to present a formal submission. He conducted the meeting because Mark Agle, the board’s chairman, went on a business trip.

The company has an agreement with the property’s owner, Olean Wholesale, to purchase the land if the town government approves the proposal within a year.

Bingman hopes to break ground as soon as possible.

“We move quite quickly,” she said.