Just outside the Village of East Aurora on Mill Road sits a 95-acre parcel that gently slopes down to Cazenovia Creek.
That's where construction of the first of 85 patio homes, known as Aurora Mills, is to start next summer. The $35 million project is expected to take three to four years to complete.
"It's a special piece of property," said John M. Manns, executive vice president for sales and marketing for Marrano.
Most of the parcel - 70 acres - will remain undeveloped, he said.
"We're going to put an easement over that area so it can't be touched in the future for any reason," Manns said.
The homes will be constructed on the remaining 25 acres. No more than 85 homes can be built on the entire property, so Marrano opted for a cluster subdivision to preserve the rural property. Less than one-tenth of an acre is considered wetlands, he said.
Most of the lots will back up to the preserve and wooded area.
The company plans to offer four patio home designs, ranging from 1,300 to 2700 square feet. The houses are expected to range in price from $370,000 to $450,000, and will incorporate Roycroft elements.
Some residents had worried that the subdivision will add to the traffic problems at Mill Road and Route 20A, but company officials said traffic will not be an issue, and the subdivision gained the necessary approvals from the Town of Aurora.
"Patio home projects are not big traffic generators," Mann said.