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Lockport planners OK apartment complex, assisted living addition

LOCKPORT – A 60-unit apartment building on Elmwood Avenue and a $3 million addition to an assisted living facility on Lincoln Avenue both have won the approval of the City of Lockport Planning Board Monday.

DePaul Properties, a not-for-profit organization from Rochester, is to construct the $18 million three-story apartment complex, in which one-third of the one-bedroom units will be set aside for persons being treated for mental illness. The residence, being built under the name Packet Boat Landing Apartments, will be open only to those who meet income thresholds, with the limit being $28,320 a year for a single person.

The plans call for 71 parking spaces, although the city’s ordinance would require 120, per two per apartment. The lesser number was chosen to enhance green space on the site, said Gillian Conde, DePaul vice president. But the Planning Board decided to make its approval conditional on the city having the right to order DePaul to provide up to 49 more parking spaces at any time.

Conde said she hopes that site preparation can begin “before the snow flies.” After that, she said, construction should take about 14 months.

DePaul and the city are negotiating a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes arrangement, Conde said. The developer offered a 30-year package starting at $12,000 a year and increasing by 2 percent per year, but the deal hasn’t been completed. DePaul would otherwise be exempt from property taxes because it is a not-for-profit organization.

Meanwhile, the Planning Board gave approval to Briarwood Manor, seeking a 10,000-square-foot addition to the back of its Lincoln Avenue assisted living facility. The 20-bed addition is intended for Medicaid clients suffering for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It is believed to be the first such unit at an assisted living facility in the state.

Briarwood Manor’s total capacity would remain at the current 160 beds, because 20 rooms in the existing facility are being converted from doubles to singles.


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