More apartments are being planned off Southwestern Boulevard near Howard Road in Hamburg.
But these 130 units at the site of the former Sweet Spot and driving range would be something a little different in Hamburg, according to the developer: high-end luxury apartments.
Some residents have questioned the need for more apartments in Hamburg.
“We’re trying to hit a price point,” said Sean Hopkins, attorney for the developer, the Hanania family partnership. “We know there are other multifamily projects. We don’t think there currently are any multifamily projects we would view as luxurious as these.”
The development would include five 26-unit buildings that are three stories each, he said. There would be 12 attached garages in each building, with a total of 100 garage units available, he said.
Hopkins said a market study demonstrates that there is adequate demand in that area for a high-end luxury multifamily project.
The apartments would have gourmet kitchens with granite counter tops, walk-in showers, on site, full-time management, extensive green space and a 2,500-square-foot clubhouse with a pool, he said.
The 12.31-acre parcel is zoned commercial, and the developer is looking to rezone 9.5 acres to multifamily. The front of the parcel on Southwestern Boulevard would remain commercial.
“We don’t have any definite plans for that, we’re not going to build spec buildings,” Hopkins said at a public hearing Monday night on the rezoning. “We envision some high-end, single-story retail on that frontage in the future.”
Most of the units would be two bedrooms, with some one- and three-bedroom units. They would be 800 square feet to 1,400 square feet, he said. The rent would range from $1,000 to $1,500 a month.
Hopkins noted that the Planning Board recommended a conservation easement be created, and the current plans show a 50-foot conservation easement around the buildings that would not be developed in the future. The developer would pledge to keep existing vegetation in that easement area, Hopkins said.
“That vegetation is beneficial from the adjoining property owners’ perspective but also is a nice amenity for the future residents of the site,” he said.