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Fairchild Manor housing project altered

LEWISTON – The developers of a proposed housing project at the former Fairchild Manor Nursing Home in Lewiston have reduced the number of units in their project and now plan to tear the building down instead of renovating it.

The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency board learned last week that the developers, who received an IDA tax break for their plan, are making changes in response to concerns raised by residents and the Lewiston Village Board and Planning Board.

The project is being reduced from 36 apartments and five other housing units, although IDA attorney Mark J. Gabriele said the number of units in the new plan has not been set. A letter from 765 Fairchild Place LLC to the IDA said, “Building an apartment building from the ground up will allow us to create a building that will fit much better into the character of the neighborhood.” The reduced number of residents will mean less traffic, the developers told the IDA.