The concept for Lewiston's first large subdivision in at least a decade, calling for 91 patio homes and four townhouses of four units each, was approved 4-1 by the Town Board Monday night.
The prices for the homes likely will start in the high $200,000 range, said John Rubino of Rubino Brothers, the Williamsville developer handling the project.
"I've spoken to many realtors about the demand for this," Rubino said. "There are currently no patio homes for sale in Lewiston. It gives an aging population a chance to downsize from their big two-story house and stay in Lewiston."
Rubino said that the one-story patio homes will range in size from 1,500 to 2,400 square feet, all with attached two-car garages. A homeowners association will handle maintenance and yard work, he said.
Before anything is built, a future Town Board vote on the detailed layout will be needed, Building Inspector Timothy R. Masters said, and that process will begin with Planning Board review, as the concept did.
The Town Board, responding to concerns of residents on Bronson Drive and other residential streets in the vicinity, ordered that Rubino Brothers must build a temporary road off Upper Mountain Road for use by construction vehicles and perform a traffic study for each of the three phases of the project.
The site is 80.2 acres on the east side of Bronson Drive, north of Upper Mountain Road. More than 70 townhouse units and some single-family homes were constructed in the area more than 30 years ago.
However, Smith Brothers Construction, which had won town approval for a larger project in 1982, never completed it. Rubino Brothers recently picked up the ball and submitted a revised plan. It was cut back from 119 patio homes after meetings with town officials.
The developer also plans to donate 4.79 acres at the south end of the site to the Niagara Frontier Bible Church for future recreational use. It borders on the church's existing playground.
Town Supervisor Steve Broderick has said the donated land is a wetland on which no houses could be built, but with the donation, the town could cut a footpath through the woods for kids from the subdivision to reach the playground without having to walk down Bronson Drive.