Two mixed-use projects proposed by Rane Property Management for the same section of Transit Road in East Amherst received initial approvals from the town Planning Board last week.
Both projects combine apartment and retail elements and are extensions of existing Rane Management complexes in the area, according to plans filed with the town.
In the first, Rane Management President Anthony Cutaia plans to expand his Fox Creek Estates senior apartments, at 9500 Transit Road, by constructing two, three-story buildings on the adjoining property at 9540 Transit Road, north of Casey Road. Rane Management also owns the townhomes just to the south at 9512 Transit.
The buildings would have a combined 38 upscale apartments, open to residents of any age, on the second and third floors and 17,000 square feet of office and commercial space on the first floors.
The applicant is seeking to rezone 1.8 acres of the 6.8-acre suburban-agriculture site for the buildings and parking spaces, to general business and multi-family residential, leaving most of the north portion that runs along a neighboring subdivision permanent open space. The Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend approving the rezoning.
For the second project, Rane Management plans to expand its Dockside Village apartment complex onto Transit Road.
The company wants to construct two buildings at 10800 Transit Road, just north of the Dockside Parkway entrance into the development. The first building would have 18,000 square feet of offices or retail on the first floor and eight fully furnished, extended-stay apartments on the second floor.
A three-story building, located on the rear of the 2.9 acres, would have 22 standard apartments. The portion closest to Transit would require rezoning from suburban agriculture to general business, and the portion in the rear would require rezoning to multi-family residential.
The Planning Board voted 6-1 to recommend rezoning in this case.
The Town Board now will take up both rezoning requests. The Planning Board still must approve site plans for both projects before work can begin.